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Relax at Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach, California

based on 4 reviews


Added by Elena P

A stunning beach, 20 miles north of San Francisco.

Stinson beach is a popular destination for Bay Area residents and tourists alike.  Located just 20 miles north of San Francisco, it is a 30-40 min drive away from the Golden Gate Bridge (it's a one-lane windy road once you're on HWY 1).  It is also a popular stop when hiking the nearby Mount Tamalpais. 

The sand is very fine, making it a great place for kids to play in and build sand castles. The beach itself is very flat, making it a great place for morning runs and sunset walks.  Dolphins, whales, and seals have also been sighted.

Looking for a nearby hike? The Matt Davis -- Steep Ravine Loop can be accessed from the trailhead behind the firehouse in Stinson. 

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Relax at Stinson Beach Reviews

A great flat sandy beach with wonderful views! It can get pretty busy here on the weekends and plenty of chairs around, so don’t expect a private place to yourself. Still worth a visit because it’s so close to the center of the city.

This is a great beach. On weekends, especially nice warm ones, the beach can be very crowded. You’ll be able find a spot to call your own as the beach is really long. Parking may fill up and traffic can be heavy in town. But if you can go weekday or don’t my some fog, you can have days when you’ll pretty much have the beach to yourself. Fries from the parks use cafe are a must before or after benching.

It's a popular spot for beach days north of SF. Would also recommend going farther north to Point Reyes or hiking the nearby Mt. Tamalpais.

We saw a pod of dolphins here! Didn't spend too much time, but I saw lots of families and sandcastles. Would make for a great sunset spot!

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