About San Rafael
Known for its mountain bike trails and open spaces, San Rafael offers a weekend escape for locals and tourists. Two area parks have their own beaches right on the bay. China Camp State Park offers free boat launches, as well as horse trails. Meanwhile, just to the southeast is the sheltered cove of McNears Beach Park. There is plenty to do, from its busy fishing pier, to canoe and kayak launch, sand volleyball courts and even a public swimming pool.