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About Point Reyes South Beach in Inverness, California

South Beach is the southern access to Point Reyes Beach, an 11-mile long strand nicknamed “The Great Beach” in Point Reyes National Seashore. This vast expanse of shoreline is excellent for beachcombing. Walk in either direction for miles and rest by sitting on drift logs along the upper beach. Just remember that at the highest tides the beach can be all wet in some places. From December through April the beach south of the South Beach parking lot is closed for elephant seal mating season. During that time bring binoculars for spotting gray whales that are migrating around the point. This exposed west side of the peninsula has dangerous swimming conditions with strong rip currents, cold water temps, and sneaker waves. If you want a milder surf head to nearby Drakes Beach which is protected by the point. The South Beach parking lot is located just off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on the way to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Be prepared for cool foggy weather on any trip to Point Reyes.

Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Inverness, CA 94937
Park Name
Point Reyes National Seashore
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Free parking
Beachcombing, Beach Walking
Restrooms, Driftwood, Dunes
Map of Point Reyes South Beach
Inverness, US
6:44 am, May 28, 2024
temperature icon 49°F
L: 49° H: 52°
Feels like 42.58 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 10 m/s
UV Index: 0.27
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:52 am
Sunset: 8:26 pm
Humidity 94 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 10 m/s

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