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Address: Point Reyes Station, CA
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Great swimming away from the city crowds and fog.

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Great place for the family

This beach one of the warmest among northern California beaches. Wonderful for kids. Safe, clean and warm. We absolutely love it! Unfortunately, there is limited parking space... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2016
Olga K
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Houston, Texas
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66 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

After you park the car its about a half mile walk down to the Point. On the way there are a few cottages that can be rented and facilities are close by.I would say this is more for the historical and geographical interest than regular sightseeing.

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Thank 00slevin
United States
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This beach one of the warmest among northern California beaches. Wonderful for kids. Safe, clean and warm. We absolutely love it! Unfortunately, there is limited parking space and no cell phone service.

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Chicago, Illinois
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928 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Turnoff entrance eight miles from downtown Point Reyes Station, along Pierce Point Road, with day fee sticker obtained from vending machine, this is the paramount swimming beach only matched by Chicken Ranch Beach at Pine Hill Road at the north end of Inverness. Picnic benches, rest rooms, and starting point for both short walk and longer hike to other beaches.... More 

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Union Territory of Pondicherry, India
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142 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

One can never get enough of the ocean view ..up close and personal. Many wannabe surfers trying to catch that perfect wave...

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Thank NLBisht
Healdsburg, California
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158 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Our good friends had a wedding ceremony here at a beautiful site on the bay and parking is available. Trees create a shady area throughout the picnic sites. Nice trails lead you to the beaches at the bay. Walking westward you can access another beach area to enjoy.

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Thank Mickey H
Dallas, Texas
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24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

The only beach in the area that you can drive to. We expected it to be more crowded then it was. There are a few trails around it that offered great views across the bay. Great value for $10 entry/parking fee.

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Thank Amy L
california
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54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We had originally planned to have a picnic with another couple @ Hog Island Oysters but to our disappointment, they don't allow picnickers to bring own beverages & food! Hog Island was nice enough to put a brochure together showing other, nearby, picnic areas. So...off to an adventure we went! After passing up a few picnic grounds that didn't look... More 

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Thank traveling3
San Francisco, California
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332 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Lovely 1 hour drive from Mill Valley, this beach, sea water fueled by the Pacific Ocean, is calm and protected. Lovely place for picnics, plenty of parking, easy access into the bay water. Fenced-in swimming area enhances supervision and child protection. Dogs are allowed and you'll need $8.00 to enter the State Park. Lovely old-style historical restaurants in and around... More 

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Carefree, Arizona
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52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Nicely paved roads lead you the gate and all the way down to the beach and picnic area. Looks like plenty of parking with only an eight dollar entrance fee paid by Visa or MasterCard at park entrance. Picnic areas have lots of tables and BBQ's pits. Some located down by the beach and a lot located just above the... More 

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Thank carefreecruiser
Portland OR
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65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

The beach is just a short drive through the park and is worth the visit. It was a little crowded and must be absolutely mobbed during fine weather because it is extremely attractive, swimmable, accessible, and a lovely view. Saw a fox perched on a picnic table watching the humans play and then she scampered off into the underbrush. Restrooms... More 

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