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Beat the Heat at These Marin Beaches for All Interests

Posted in Blogging Marin on Monday, April 1, 2024 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan


With summer in full swing, it’s prime time for some fun at one (or more) of these Marin County beaches, whether you’re in the mood for aquatic sports, family-friendly activities, a romp with your dog or a romantic stroll.


Stinson Beach
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

If you’re looking for an all-around beach in Marin, Stinson Beach might be your best bet.

The white-sand oceanfront of Stinson Beach makes it an ideal spot for swimmers, surfers, fishermen, volleyballers and picnickers. Generally, lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Tip: On warm days, Stinson is particularly popular, so it’s suggested that you arrive in the morning, as parking is at a premium in the afternoon.


Kirby Cove

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Kirby Cove boasts what’s arguably one of the most picturesque campgrounds in the world. A steep trail leads to a cove that supplies Instagram-quality views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline.

Aside from daytime sites, Kirby Cove features five overnight campsites that can hold 10 people each. Among the amenities are barbecue pits and picnic tables. As you’d expect, campsite reservations are quickly snatched up.


Rodeo Beach
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Rodeo Beach, dotted by red and green pebbles, is only three miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s a tranquil environment to admire the cliffs, fly a kite, lay out a picnic lunch or simply drink in the ocean.

If you’re a fan of bird-watching, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy recommends perching on an elevated vantage point along the Coastal Trail near Bird Island to take in the various winged wonders.


Muir Beach
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

To be one with nature, consider a trip to Muir Beach.

A lagoon, wetlands and dunes create a habitat for amphibians, birds, salmon, trout and the California red-legged frog. To take in all the sights—including whales and monarch butterflies—you can set up a picnic at the scenic overlook.

For those wanting to get closer to nature, the north end of the beach is frequented by clothing-optional sunbathers.


Heart’s Desire Beach
Tomales Bay State Park

Is it your heart’s desire to spend a summer day at the beach with your kids? Heart’s Desire Beach could be the answer.

The sheltered cove at Heart’s Desire Beach is a perfect place for families with small children to soak up the sun and splash around in the warm water.


Shell Beach
Tomales Bay State Park

Shell Beach offers a truly calming experience, thanks to its calm waters—waters that make it an ideal swimming destination.

One of the most outstanding features of Shell Beach is that it’s somewhat of a hidden gem. While it might be busy on the weekends, it tends to be relatively deserted during the week. So if you’re seeking a quiet weekday getaway, Shell Beach might be the right place for you.


Kehoe Beach

Point Reyes National Seashore

With its big dunes and dramatic rocks, Kehoe Beach beckons people and their pups. Dogs on a six-foot leash are permitted on the beach to the north of the trailhead; your furry friend can’t venture south of the trailhead, though.

Dillon Beach, Limantour Beach and Point Reyes Beach are among Marin’s other dog-friendly stretches along the coast.


Point Reyes Beach
Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes Beach is a beachcomber’s paradise. Strong waves bring all sorts of gems ashore at this 11-mile beach.

If beachcombing isn’t your thing, try taking a long, leisurely, romantic stroll along Point Reyes Beach. When it’s time for a break, you can park yourself on one of the many drift logs you’ll find along the way.


For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.

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