• For the Birds
Limantour Beach, Inverness
Bet ween Drakes Bay and an estuary sits
this white sandy beach with more than two
miles of rolling sand dunes and bountiful
birdlife. Waves are on the calm side here
due to the beach’s south-facing location, yet
the current can be strong.
• Family Fun
Heart’s Desire Beach, Inverness
The sheltered cove with clean white sand,
still waters and light wind is favored by families. A peaceful place to listen to the water
lap against the shore or read on the warm
sand, the beach offers convenient drive-up
access and a safe, relaxed environment.
• Toddlers in Tow
Schoonmaker Beach, Sausalito
With its shallow, calm water, this white-sand beach is the perfect place for
families with young children. Nestled in
the heart of Schoonmaker Marina, it’s
also an ideal launching point for kayakers
and paddleboarders. Limited parking.
• Fido Friendly
Rodeo Beach, Sausalito
Three miles west of the Golden Gate
Bridge, this dark pebble beach is at
the western-most edge of the Marin
Headlands. It’s a popular dog-friendly spot
where canines are welcome either on a
leash or under voice control.
Looking for a getaway in the sand and surf? Marin County has
some of the best beaches, be they county, state or on National
Park Service land. Grab your towel, some sunscreen and possibly
a jacket and head out for some waterside fun.
Marin’s Best Beaches
• Search for Sea Life
Agate Beach Park, Bolinas
Awash with tide pools, Agate Beach boasts
a walkable t wo miles during low tide with
plenty of spots to watch whales, sea lions,
shorebirds and other wildlife. Named after
the semiprecious stones found in the sand,
Agate is also a great place for a picnic.
• Catch a Wave
Bolinas Beach, Bolinas
Celebrated for its light rolling waves,
Bolinas Beach is an ideal learn-to-surf
spot and is also great for swimming and
rock collecting at the southern edge.
Stand-up paddleboard and surfboard rentals are available at 2 Mile Surf Shop, on the
road to the beach.
• Leave the Clothes Behind
Red Rock Beach, Stinson Beach
Accessible via a steep trail, Red Rock is a
quarter-mile curve of sandy shore tucked
into a wind-protected cove between Muir
and Stinson. Regarded as the friendliest
Bay Area nude beach, this is a social place
and can be crowded on weekends.
• It Does a Body Good
Stinson Beach, Stinson Beach
Three-and-a-half miles of white sandy
shore and crashing waves make this spot
popular for bodysurfing year-round. On
warm days, get there early — traffic builds
up thick and quick.
• For the Family and the Gear
Muir Beach, Muir Beach
If you are setting up for a full day on the
sand, you will love this beach’s close-by
parking. The crescent-shaped cove features
a lagoon and sandy beach. The waves are
good for bodyboarders and kayakers (watch
for strong currents), and fish are plentiful.
• Bring the Whole Gang
McNears Beach, San Rafael
A large park with lots of amenities and
activities, McNears is great for big gather-
ings. It sits in a sheltered cove in a 55-acre
park, with a narrow bayside beach. The
fishing pier is popular for catching striped
bass, halibut and crab. D E