Welcome to Stinson Beach!
Stinson’s white sand and oceanfront make it one of the best swimming beaches in northern California. With opportunities for hiking, picnicking, exploring the town, surfing, or sunbathing, people continue to visit Stinson Beach to escape from the frantic pace of everyday life, just they have been doing for over a century.
Things to Do
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STINSON BEACH PARTNERSStinson Beach is included within the lands protected by the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative, hosts the Siren Canteen & Cafe, and provides business for the many surf shops in the area.
The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative community outreach and engagement campaign, One Tam seeks to raise awareness, engage volunteers and renew the spirit of philanthropy regarding the preservation of Mt. Tam and the surrounding area.
The Siren Canteen & Cafe
Located at the base of the Lifeguard Tower, the Siren Canteen features seating with views of the Pacific Ocean, the Beach, Duxbury Reef, and on a clear day, the Farallon Islands.
Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC)
An innovative partnership among Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County Parks, the Marin Municipal Water District, the Parks Conservancy and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area that is dedicated to maintaining the legacy of conservation and stewardship that has protected Mt. Tam for the last 100 years.
NAVIGATING STINSON BEACH
The road to Stinson Beach is steep and winding; vehicles over 35 feet long are not advised.
We recommend calling ahead for parking and weather updates. On hot days, the parking lot often fills before noon, and there are no overflow lots. Cars left in the parking lot after closing will be ticketed. If you are unable to remove your vehicle please contact a ranger or leave a note on the windshield and notify park dispatch.
On weekends and holidays, Marin Transit Bus #61 (also known as the Marin Stagecoach) runs from Stinson Beach up to Pantoll Ranger Station and along the Panoramic Highway to Marin City, stopping at several mountain trailheads on its route. On weekdays the number of stops is limited, but it still services Stinson Beach. For more information on routes and schedules, please visit their website
Want to Know More About Stinson Beach?
Download the Stinson Beach brochure for historic information as well as rules and regulations.
Look at our permits and reservations page if you want to host an event at Stinson Beach, or call the Special Park Uses Office: (415) 561-4300
Get accessibility information for Stinson Beach including how to reserve a beach wheelchair here
For more information, please contact:
Phone: (415) 868-0942
Mt. Tamalpais State Park
801 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Phone: (415) 388-2070
Last updated: June 6, 2016