Bolinas Travel Guide

  • Bolinas, California
    Bolinas, California
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  • Surf at Bonlinas, California
    Surf at Bonlinas, California
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  • Bolinas, CA
    Bolinas, CA
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Bolinas Things to Do

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    Surf at Bonlinas, California

    by karenincalifornia Updated Mar 1, 2011

    Bolinas is a great place for stand up paddle surfing - whether you are a beginner or advanced. The swell varies so check the surf report at http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Bolinas

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Bolinas Transportation

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    by coffin Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Bolinas is North of San Fran, in Marin county, across the Bolinas lagoon from Stinson Beach (where Jerry Garcia used to stay). You can get there by car, there may be a bus. be SURE you have a map because the locals tear down the signs pointing the way, trying to keep it secret :D
    Walk.

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Bolinas Warnings and Dangers

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    by karenincalifornia Written Mar 1, 2011

    Stay clear of the rocks at low tide. Watch out for sharks. Supposedly they come around. It doesn't seem to stop the surfers, though.

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  • by 868locals Written May 25, 2007

    Do yourself a favor and stay outta Bolinas. The locals are crazy! If you make one mistake or look at someone the wrong way you are scrwed. Last time I was visiting Bolinas a fight broke out at the end of Brighton road between 30 kids where all the loclas ended up running from the Police and about 15 kids/ young adults on the ground all bloody and knocked out. I should also mention the local kids trhowing apples and rocks at cars on your way into town. This town is very localized its better to just stay home.

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Bolinas What to Pack

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    Surf's up

    by karenincalifornia Written Mar 2, 2011

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'll need a wetsuit and surf booties any time of the year. This isn't Hawaii. If you don't have your own, you can rent them at 2 Mile Surf in town. The shop is owned by a really nice guy. You can rent surf boards and SUPs there, too. Just be prepared. If you don't have a rack on your car or if the beach parking is limited, you will have to walk with your board to the beach. That may not sound so bad, but I was challenged by carrying a 36 pound board all the way from the shop to the beach, along the beach, and back.

    Don't worry - despite its name, 2 Mile Surf Shop is NOT two miles from the beach. They say "522 steps" on their website.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a SUP board of course!

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    bend with the wind

    by yooperprof Written Jan 30, 2004

    Favorite thing: Some creative people live and work here. There are several small boutiques and galleries along Wharf Road that show their work. I like this kind of sculture a lot.

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