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Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach

Visitors to Stinson Beach experience the pleasures of this quiet beach community. Whether hiking, enjoying a picnic, exploring the town, or relaxing on the beach, people continue to find Stinson Beach a great place to escape from the frantic pace of everyday life, just as it has been for over a century. Stinson Beach facilities include rest rooms, showers, picnic areas, and BBQ grills. A snack bar is open during summer months at the base of the main lifeguard tower….

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Shell Beach

Shell Beach

Shell Beach is part of Tomales Bay State Park. It is a nice sheltered cove on Tomales Bay that is excellent for families with small children. The ocean water tends to be a little warmer at this beach. The day-use park features four gently sloping, surf-free beaches, protected from winds by Inverness Ridge, the backbone of the Point Reyes Peninsula. The park includes forests, beaches, field, hills, meadows and marshes – each with its own plant life, including varieties of…

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Redwood Creek Beach & Estuary

Redwood Creek Beach & Estuary

Redwood Creek is one of three major rivers and watersheds that runs through Redwood National Park, and in many ways is the centerpiece of the park. It enters the Pacific Ocean just north of the southern boundary of Redwood National Park, near the small town of Orick. The Redwood Creek Estuary is located along the coast near the Kuchel Visitor Center. Located high above Redwood Creek, along Bald Hills Road, is the Redwood Creek Overlook. This is unquestionably one the…

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North Jetty

North Jetty

The North Jetty is located at the southern tip of the south-facing Somoa Peninsula. The Jetty forms a left-handed sand bar with ideal conditions, creating a powerful, intermediate to advanced wave. During late fall and through the winter months the North Jetty begins to show its potential with the aid of consistent southerly offshore winds and distant ground swells. Hints and Tips for Surfing this Area Surf when there is a low to medium tide. It is best when there…

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Muir Beach

Muir Beach

Muir Beach preserves a sandy strip of coastline where Redwood Creek reaches the ocean. High bluffs border the beach to the north and south, while wetlands and a lagoon can be found behind the beach. Nearby, the Muir Beach Overlook provides spectacular panoramic views in every direction (when the weather’s clear, of course). North of the beach is the small community of Muir Beach. Recreational Opportunities Picnicking: There is a developed picnic area at the south end of the parking…

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Humboldt Wild Beaches

Humboldt Wild Beaches

‘Humboldt Wild’ photography book by Arleen Olson highlights most of the beaches in Humboldt County: Black Sand Beach in Shelter Cove, remote beaches on the Lost Coast, the South Spit in Eureka, the Sand Dune Recreational Area in Manila and Samoa, Clam Beach in McKinleyville, Trinidad State Park Beach, Agate Beach and Humboldt Lagoons State Park which comprise of Big Lagoon, Dry Lagoon, Stone Lagoon and Freshwater Lagoon. Seasons Accessible All seasons Fees: To order Humboldt Wild photography book go…

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Hog Island

Hog Island

Hog Island is an island of roughly 2 acres (0.8 ha) in size located approximately 5 mi (8 km) south of the entrance to Tomales Bay in the West Marin area of Marin County, California. The name Hog Island reportedly came from a bizarre 1870s incident when a barge carrying a load of pigs caught fire and was grounded on the island to avoid sinking, at which point the pigs escaped onto the island until they were rounded up again….

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Hearts’s Desire Beach

Hearts’s Desire Beach

Heart’s Desire Beach is a nice sheltered beach within Tomales Bay State Park. Located over Inverness Ridge, the beach is protected from the wind and large surf. The beach is on the small side and therefore great to keep an eye on the kids. There are restrooms, picnic tables and barbecues available. Parking is close so one doesn’t have to drag all the kids toys, etc. too far. The park includes forests, beaches, field, hills, meadows and marshes – each…

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Clam Beach

Clam Beach

Clam Beach is located 7 1/2 miles north of Arcata where the mouth of the Mad River meets the Pacific Ocean. Very few parks in California allow camping right on the beach, but Clam Beach County Park is one of them. A wide and long stretch of flat shoreline, Clam Beach is part of a continuous ocean frontage that connects with Mad River Beach County Park to the south and Little River State Beach to the north. Recreational Opportunities Beach…

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Centerville Beach

Centerville Beach

This nine-mile stretch of secluded beach is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and sandstone cliffs amid the dairy country (5 miles west of the Victorian Village of Ferndale). At this county park one will be able to see pelicans, cormorants, gulls, sandpipers, tundra swans (migration from November to March), harbor seals and gray whales. Take a hike south of the beach up onto the sandstone bluffs, providing a breathtaking vista and an ample opportunity to spot some marine wildlife (bring…

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