5 Marin County Beaches to Explore

Sun's out, beach blankets out.

Summertime is beach time, as far as we're concerned, and here in San Francisco, we think we're pretty lucky to have the beaches of Marin County in our backyard.

But don't think you have to live here to enjoy these...they are absolutely worth traveling for. Marin County's wild shoreline is full of cliffs, sand dunes, sand beaches, pebble beaches, and headlands. You could build an entire vacation out of exploring this corner of California's coast, and still feel like there's plenty more to see.

When you're ready to cool off this summer, here are a few of our favorite beaches in Marin County.

Stinson Beach

Photo by Tyler Drake

The small town of Stinson Beach offers up miles of white-sand beach for cooling off on a hot summer day. It's a great all-around spot, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, surfing, and playing on the shore.

Rodeo Beach

Photo by Andre Moreira

Rodeo Beach is only a ten-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge, making it a quick getaway from the bustle of San Francisco. Enjoy the view of the cliffs, fly a kite, or find a calm swimming hole and take a dip in the water.

Muir Beach

Photo by Grant Nyquist

If you are a wild one at heart, Muir Beach is the spot for you. Surrounded by cliffs and natural sand dunes, Muir Beach and the nearby lagoon and wetlands are home to birds, trout, and monarch butterflies. You can set up a picnic at the overlook and look for whales, or descend right to the dog-friendly beach to relax and play. 

Point Reyes Beach

Photo by Sara Sheehy

Point Reyes Beach, in the Point Reyes National Seashore, is big enough—and far enough off the beaten path—that you'll feel like you're on your own private stretch of the Pacific Ocean. Dogs are allowed on leash on specific sections of the beach (read the posted signs for guidance). Surfing is excellent here, too!

Limantour Beach

Photo by M P

Limantour Beach is long, wide, and perfect for walking, running, and relaxing. Dogs are allowed on-leash, and the beach is especially photogenic when the fog rolls in. Limantour is a great spot for swimming, picnicking, and horseback riding.

Cover photo by Sara Sheehy

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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