the beaches! While there are many different types of coastline here, the beaches are breathtaking. Limantour Beach has been named one of the best beaches in California by several different sources, McClure’s beach showcases elephant rock and Drake’s beach is beautifully backed by coastal bluffs. Did I mention Alamere falls flows right onto the beach?! What more is there?
- It will force you to stay off the grid.
Whether you like it or not, there is little to no phone reception here, forcing you to take time to appreciate nature. Forget checking emails and social media; this place gives you the gift of peaceful solitude.
- Its free!
Unlike some other California parks, we paid nothing for parking or entry at any of these beautiful places. Spend a few bucks on a picnic lunch, grab your camera and start exploring. Best budget trip ever.
- Low crowds
This place is huge. With almost 150 miles of trails, its easy to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are shorter, easier hikes and tougher hikes for the more adventurous, so everyone can enjoy the serenity that Point Reyes has to offer. We went to several beaches and several hikes during a recent day trip and only saw about 20 people. And lots of cows.
- Location, location, location
While the national seashore is about 50 miles north of San Francisco, it makes a great day trip while visiting the big city, but is also far out enough if you are trying to escape the chaos of it altogether.
- Its insanely beautiful
Do you really need any other reason? The diversity of the land and coastline as well as the wildlife at Point Reyes is quite remarkable; whether you’re looking for the famous cypress tree tunnel, the hauntingly beautiful shipwreck, the lighthouse that seems to sit on the edge of the world or beautiful trails that give you a whole new view of the coastline, Point Reyes will not disappoint. Animal lovers will be able to spot elephant seals, Tule elk, and at certain times of the year, many species of birds as well as whales migrating along the coast.