As a Native Californian there is a lot you take for granted growing up. The beautiful coastline, the majestic redwoods, and the quaint yet progressive towns scattered about the state. It has taken me living elsewhere for 10 years (Portland OR & NYC to be exact) and returning to truly truly appreciate the bounty of beauty California has to offer. In the past year that I have been back I have had plenty of opportunities to rediscover one of my favorite coastal areas, Point Reyes, and thought it was due time to write a mini guide on this lovely area.
Point Reyes is an area that encompasses all I love about California. There miles of beautiful rocky coastline, a light house, Redwoods, and great food. Being in Marin County the area is also just a short day trip from San Francisco and even a reasonable one from Sacramento if you leave early enough!
1 Bear Valley Road | Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
With miles of hiking and of coast line the Point Reyes National seashore is a great place to take in the wonders of the Northern California coast. There are many active conservation projects going on and a lot of different habitats in the area that you can check out as well. The visitors center is a must stop on the drive out to the coast for detailed maps and information if the Light House is accessible. Due to strong winds they often close the road which it always seems to be anytime I have gone!
As with all National Parks there is a park entrance fee (for parking) when you get down to the coast but the parking at the Visitor’s Center is free. Be warned though that the Visitor’s center is 15 miles from the Ocean so expect to make a few stops on your journey to enjoy the area to the fullest.
Camp Taylor | 8889 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. | Lagunitas, CA 94938
Point Reyes Station is the quintessential upscale and progressive California coastal town. From high quality restaurants to stores selling local brands this town is a great stop pre or post coastal adventures. My suggestion is if you are not camping to stay the night in this quaint town to have a great California coastal weekend. I have highlighted my suggested stops below but there are plenty of other great options for food and shopping as well! There are other (even smaller!) towns in the area but if you want the best mix of shops and food Pt. Reyes station is the place!