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Point Reyes National Seashore, California
South Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

South Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore

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From coastal wilderness areas to windswept beaches, Point Reyes National Seashore is a perfect getaway for those looking to unwind. Known as containing some of California’s cleanest beaches, Point Reyes boats over 80 miles of shoreline to explore.

For families with small children, check out Heart’s Desire Beach - a sheltered cove on Tomales Bay. And for those looking for a little excitement, visit The Great Beach for 10 miles of heavy surf. With your typical beach activities welcomed like swimming, surfing, and so on, Point Reyes also offers unique activities throughout the year like whale watching, bird migration, seal breeding, and even a strawberry festival.

If you get tired of relaxing in the sun, the area is full of guided activities like a lighthouse tour, classes in California Indian skills, and geological seminars. The area is also well-known for it’s hiking trails and ample opportunities to spot wildlife. No matter what you decide to do on your beach vacation, Point Reyes is an easy place to spend an afternoon, a weekend, or longer.

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