To visit attractions beyond Bear Valley, such as the Lighthouse, the beaches or Tomales Point, most visitors tour Point Reyes by private automobile. The only public transit system that serves the Point Reyes area is the West Marin Stagecoach, but the Stagecoach does not go further west on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. than Inverness.
Due to limited parking at the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas, on good-weather weekends during the whale-watching season (usually the last weekend of December through early April), Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is closed to private automobiles beyond South Beach from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Map. To visit these locations, visitors must park at the Drake's Beach parking lot and ride the shuttle buses provided. Bus tickets may be purchased inside the Ken Patrick Visitor Center at Drake's Beach between 9:30 am and 3 pm. Buses leave every 15-20 minutes between 9:45 am and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5/person, children 16 years or younger ride free.
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Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...