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Point Reyes National Seashore
Vacation Travel Guide

Watch for seals and whales as you hike, bike or kayak along the shoreline of this national seashore with remote beaches, fog-shrouded hills and a picture-perfect white lighthouse.

See the blue Pacific Ocean unfold before you at Point Reyes National Seashore. Explore 80 miles (130 kilometers) of shoreline at this national seashore in California’s Marin County.

Learn more about the park and get oriented at one of its three visitor centers. At Bear Valley Visitor Center, be introduced to the park’s history and browse through the bookstore. This is the park’s main center and provides a great place to begin your trip. Admire the impressive minke whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center. Learn about the plants and animals of the area at the Lighthouse Visitor Center.

Climb up Point Reyes Lighthouse, a red-roofed building perched atop a rocky cliff. You’ll need to scale 300 steps to the top, but you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views across the ocean.

Explore the many secluded beaches scattered along Point Reyes National Seashore’s coastline. Listen to the dramatic waves and look for the endangered snowy plover at Great Beach. Bring your four-legged friends to dog-friendly Kehoe Beach. Enjoy spectacular lakefront and oceanfront views at Bass Lake and Wildcat Beach, which are connected by a sandy beach.

Discover more wildlife inhabiting the Point Reyes National Seashore region. Head to Tomales Point to see the tule elk. See harbor seals and California sea lions frolicking in the waves and sunning themselves on the shoreline. Bring binoculars to watch for gray whales fairly close offshore during their migrations between Mexico and Alaska.

Visit Point Reyes National Seashore any day of the year. There is no entrance fee. To camp overnight in the park, apply for a permit.

Take advantage of Point Reyes National Seashore’s convenient location near the heart of the Bay Area. At just over an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, it makes a perfect daytrip outside the city. Take time to fully explore the park and then find dining and accommodations in nearby towns, such as Point Reyes Station, San Rafael, Novato and Petaluma.

Top Hotels Close to Point Reyes National Seashore

HI Point Reyes
HI Point Reyes
2 out of 5
1390 Limantour Spit Road, Point Reyes Station, CA
The price is $420 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24

Situated in a national park, this eco-friendly hostel is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Tomales Bay State Park and 12 mi (19.2 km) from Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Heart's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (29 reviews)

"I'd never stayed in a hostel before, so maybe my expectations were too high. The facilities were spotless, well maintained and the grounds were meticulously groomed. The staff was over the top friendly, and the location was great. However, I left in the middle of the night because I'd been awakened ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

HI Point Reyes
Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home With Bay Views, Hot Tub
Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home With Bay Views, Hot Tub
Point Reyes Station, CA
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Situated in Point Reyes Station, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Tomales Bay State Park and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Point Reyes National Seashore. Shell ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)
Lovely time !

"We’ve stayed here several times and it was lovely as always"…"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2020

Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home With Bay Views, Hot Tub
A Sanctuary to Relax and Refresh all your Senses
A Sanctuary to Relax and Refresh all your Senses
Inverness, CA
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This family-friendly Inverness vacation home is located on the waterfront, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tomales Bay State Park and Shell Beach. Heart's Desire Beach ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (47 reviews)
Lovely home

"A needed respite from a crazy year. This home was gorgeous to the eye and soothing to the soul. Every inch of the home was built for relaxation and joy. We will be back"…"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2020

A Sanctuary to Relax and Refresh all your Senses
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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HI Point Reyes
HI Point Reyes
2 out of 5
1390 Limantour Spit Road, Point Reyes Station, CA
The price is $420 per night from Mar 23 to Mar 24
HI Point Reyes
Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home With Bay Views, Hot Tub
Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home With Bay Views, Hot Tub
Point Reyes Station, CA
Frank's Place: Classic Inverness Home With Bay Views, Hot Tub
A Sanctuary to Relax and Refresh all your Senses
A Sanctuary to Relax and Refresh all your Senses
Inverness, CA
A Sanctuary to Relax and Refresh all your Senses
Meet the Ruby!
Meet the Ruby!
Inverness, CA
The price is $138 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8
Meet the Ruby!
Hideaway in 30 ft Vacation Trailer!
Hideaway in 30 ft Vacation Trailer!
Inverness, CA
The price is $120 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
Hideaway in 30 ft Vacation Trailer!
Have a Great Time in Inverness !
Have a Great Time in Inverness !
Inverness, CA
The price is $125 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
Have a Great Time in Inverness !
Hillside Home w/ Deck & Views of Tomales Bay!
Hillside Home w/ Deck & Views of Tomales Bay!
Inverness, CA
Hillside Home w/ Deck & Views of Tomales Bay!
Inverness Vacation Retreat - Tomales Bay View!
Inverness Vacation Retreat - Tomales Bay View!
Inverness, CA
Inverness Vacation Retreat - Tomales Bay View!
Point Reyes Vineyard Inn
Point Reyes Vineyard Inn
2.5 out of 5
12700 Highway 1, Point Reyes Station, CA
The price is $155 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4
Point Reyes Vineyard Inn
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