Point Reyes Station Travel Guide
Near Point Reyes Station
Near Point Reyes Station
Point Reyes Lighthouse
Point Reyes Station
On Tomales Bay
Point Reyes Beach
Serene beauty, wildlife, trails
Frequent foggy, cold, misty weather (particularly when out of town guests come to visit)
In a nutshell
Nice weekend getaway place (if you are in SF!).
Point Reyes Headlands
Point Reyes juts way out into the Pacific, forming a bay named Drake Bay. This is a beautiful scenic area, full of tremendous vistas and wildlife. Keep a lookout for the Tule elk. These animals were hunted nearly to extinction in the 19th century. The few survivors were...
Saturday Farmers Market
On Saturdays from 9 am until 1 (June through Nov.) there is a lively farmers market in Point Reyes Station. Here you'll will find local organic produce, products like honey and fruit preserves, homemade soaps, locally produced cheeses, as well as less common items like...
Scenic views from Inverness
The small town of Inverness is the last stopping point heading north into the national park. It is a place to get last minute food, a staging area for kayaking, and a good location to see more of Tomales Bay. This old fishing boat is a bit of a landmark and provides an...
There is no shortage of scenic hikes in this area. Point Reyes National Seashore has miles and miles of marked trails, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on the mainland also has a beautiful, and long, trail along the Bolinas Ridge. There are also two California...
Tomales Bay is the long, narrow stretch of water that separates the northern half of Point Reyes Peninsula from the mainland. It is famous for oysters, which you will find at many places in the area, recreational activities such as kayaking, and beautiful scenery. The three...
Point Reyes National Seashore has several extensive beaches. You could walk here for hours and find near complete solitude once you get away from the trailheads and parking lots. Point Reyes Beach faces the Pacific Ocean, and is rough and windy, and often foggy. Don't come...
Weird rock formations
Pt. Reyes peninsula has been a place of interest for geologists for generations. The shifting plate tectonics along the fault resulted in rocks on the coast that match those from several hundred miles away. Add in the strong winds that lead to erosion and you'll find some...
The winds at Point Reyes are said to be the strongest on the California coast. From the looks of some of the trees at the point, it may well be true. The big old trees are permanently arched in from the wind, creating odd shapes and a canopy for the walkway to the visitor...
Pt. Reyes Lighthouse
At the tip of Point Reyes you'll find the lighthouse and a visitor center, one of the highlights of a visit to Pt. Reyes. The views from here are impressive, with a view north along the beach until the horizon ends, and open ocean to the west and south. Before reaching the...
Wind coming back !
In the beginning of the afternoon, the wind was light but around 5 PM, it began to grow stronger and stronger. Given that the weather remained fine end the sky blue, this had to be a strong sea breeze, which is not unusual on the coasts. Land heats faster than the sea and on...
Drakes bay, eastern part
Photo 1 shows the eastern part of Drakes bay with the mainland in the background.Photo 2 shows the whole extent of Drakes bay from left (west) to east (right). Bolinas should be just outside the frame, on the right.Photo 3 shows the direction of San Francisco, hidden by the...
Drakes bay, western part
Drakes bay is east to Point Reyes and is widely open to the south. The whole shore is part of Point Reyes National Seashore. It extends from Point Reyes to Bolinas, 25 miles north to San Francisco as the crow flies.Photo 1 and 2 were taken in the westernmost part of Drakes...
Point Reyes rock, several hundred feet below the lighthouse is a rookery for Marine birds. Their life, breeding, nesting, hatching, etc are monitored by Point Reyes Bird Observatory There are thousands of black and white birds, roughly resembling penguins though they are...
One Mesa Bed and Breakfast
1 Review and 65 Opinions I highly recommend One Mesa Bed & Breakfast. Mila and Stan are the gracious hosts who greet guests...
Cowgirl Creamery: The best artisan cheeses
Cowgirl Creamery is a destination of its own for food lovers. The locally produced artisan cheeses produced here are probably as good as you will find anywhere. They have many varieties for their own cheeses, which are soft ones, but also sell a wide range of regional and...
West Marinites are known for being fiercely protective of their environment. They have zero tolerance for litter or dumping. Dumping in West Marin is like bringing drugs into some countries. Seriously. This "monument" was created from trash collected from the creek alongside...
At Point Reyes you should expect wind even as the weather in the inland looks pretty nice. The area is exposed to the Pacific. So bring some jacket with you!See the photo with trees growing towards the side because of frequent wind.
Failed attempt to build Russian America
If you have some time, you might drive further 60 miles north to visit an amazing place, Fort Ross, a testimony of a failed attempt, the building of Russian America in the XVIIIth and XIXth, from Alaska to California. For more, visit my Fort Ross page.
Side Paths along road
Along the road to the lighthouse on the last 400 meters before the parking there are some small paths leaving the road to lookouts. I found three, of which one was a lookout to watch the sealions below the cliff.
Mashine room at lighthouse
Beside the lighthouse you can find another building housing the mashines to generate the electricity needed to run the lighthouse. As these are not used anymore you can have a look at them. Also some horns which were used to warn the ships (useful when there is fog) can be...
Exhibition in Visitors Center Drakes Beach
Check out the Visitor Center at Drakes Beach for some information about the history and nature of this beautiful area. There is a small exhibtion and outside the center you will find some information boards with the history of Sir Francis Drake.
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