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About Dillon Beach in Dillon Beach, California

Dillon Beach on Bodega Bay is privately-owned by the Dillon Beach Resort, but for a small fee anyone can enjoy this beautiful beach. It’s a popular spot for surfing, tidepooling, and beach walking. This beach is located in the small town of Dillon Beach at the northern Marin County coastal border.

Dillon Beach gets larger waves rolling on shore than nearby Lawson’s Landing which has some protection from Tomales Point on Point Reyes Peninsula. For this reason surfers come to Dillon Beach when conditions are right. When the tide is low and the surf is calm, tide pool exploration is fun here too.

The resort has a quaint little café, a general store and surf shop, and cabins to rent if you’d like to stay for a while. The store is open every day from 8am to 7pm.

To get to Dillon Beach, head west on Dillon Beach Road from the town of Tomales on Highway 1 west of Petaluma. Stay left as you head into town and the road leads down to the beach.

Parking at Dillon Beach is not free most of the time, but a day pass is just $10 except on summer weekends ($15). The only times beach parking is free is during sunrise (before 9am) and sunset (after 3pm in winter and 6pm in summer). Those on bikes and walking in without a car are free.

1 Beach Ave
Dillon Beach, CA 94929
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Fees for parking at the beach
Surfing, Bodyboarding, Beach Walking, Tidepooling, Sunbathing, Bonfires
Restrooms, Picnic Tables, Fire Pits, Cabins & Cottages, Cafe, General Store, Tide Pools
Map of Dillon Beach
Bodega Bay, US
8:17 pm, June 19, 2024
temperature icon 56°F
L: 47° H: 59°
Feels like 54.99 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 0.1
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:48 am
Sunset: 8:38 pm
Humidity 86 %
Pressure1013 mb
Wind 3 m/s

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2 review(s)
Very good0%
June 3, 2024

I visited the Dillon Beach for the first time. Their day fee seems to be too high, $15 for car and the restroom area was so neglected. On the next day I went to Doran Regional Park with entrance fee of $7 a day and was amazed with much better conditions of their restrooms and very pretty surroundings, camping and fishing spots. What a big difference.

September 1, 2022

If you are just learning of Dillon Beach it’s because the word is finally out. We love this place. The locals probably want to keep the beach to themselves, but in the summer it just keeps getting busier. The beach is great but it can be foggy and cool here so plan accordingly.