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Point Reyes National Seashore in western Marin County has over 30 named beaches. With that many beaches it’s hard to decide where to go. Some of the beaches are only accessible with a boat or kayak on Tomales Bay. Others are a long hike away from a visitor center or trailhead. We have highlighted the best beaches on the Point Reyes Peninsula that are accessible from a nearby parking lot or just a short day hike.

Even though it’s not far as the crow flies from the San Francisco Bay Area and even Sonoma County, it takes a long time to drive out here on twisty rural roads so plan for an all day adventure. Restaurants, stores, and lodging can be found in the nearby small towns of Olema, Inverness, and Point Reyes Station. For the rest of the beaches in Point Reyes National Seashore see those three city pages.

Point Reyes National SeashoreDrakes Beach on the protected side of Point Reyes Peninsula

Point Reyes can be cool and damp at any time of the year so dress appropriately when you visit.