Point Reyes National Seashore contains approximately 130 kilometers (80 miles) of shoreline, much of which park visitors may safely explore. Some beaches—such as Palomarin and Sculptured Beaches—are good for tidepooling, while other beaches are covered by vast expanses of sand.
Visitors may drive almost right up to Drakes Beach, Limantour Beach, and the Great Beach (at the North and South Beach parking lots). The rest of the park's shoreline may only be accessed by trail or by boat. For driving directions to beaches or trailheads for beaches, visit our Directions to Park Destinations page.
The ocean water rarely exceeds 10°C (50°F), so those without wetsuits rarely stay in the water for long. Hypothermia, sneaker waves, and rip currents are just a few of the hazards of which visitors should be aware. Please visit our Safety Issues Associated with Beaches page.
Beaches may be closed at various times of the year to better protect northern elephant seals and harbor seals during their pupping seasons, snowy plovers while they are nesting, or for visitor safety. Please visit our Current Conditions page to learn about any current beach closures.
The beaches of Point Reyes frequently are named as some of California's cleanest beaches. Please help protect marine life and keep your park's beaches clean by disposing of refuse in the garbage cans/dumpsters located at beach and trailhead parking lots. Or come out to help clean up the beaches on California Coastal Cleanup Day on the third Saturday of September.
Possession of a glass container within fifteen meters (fifty feet) of any riverbank, lakeshore, or beach, or on the water, or in a vessel is prohibited. This restriction is necessary to reduce the amount of injurious trash in the park and for the protection of visitors who frequent these areas in bare feet.
Pets are permitted on certain sections of Kehoe, Limantour, and Great Beach and must be restrained by a 1.8-meter (6-foot) leash at all times. Visit our Pets page for more information.
Within the National Seashore, visitors may have wood fires only on park beaches if a Beach Fire Permit has been obtained in advance. Visit our Beach Fires page for more information.
Please visit our Park Regulations page to familiarize yourself with some of the other rules pertaining to visiting the park's beaches.
We hope that your visit to these beaches is safe and enjoyable.
Abbotts Lagoon Beach
Heart's Desire Beach
The Great Beach
Last updated: July 14, 2019