A Guide to Point Reyes

Welcome to one of the most geographically distinct, culinarily expressive and recreationally equipped places on the planet — Point Reyes. To get your summer going we’ve created this map with a mini bucket list of activities and places to visit.

Start by strolling the notably long (2.5-mile) Stinson Beach — half of it dog friendly — or by surfing or SUPing at Bolinas, or checking out the tide pools at Agate. Speaking of beaches, be sure to hit all of them, designated here by red dots along the coastline. A world-renowned biking destination, Point Reyes Station, with its varied eateries, is the ultimate refueling spot, so come hungry. Gastronomical adventures abound — oysters, cheese, wine, bread — if you crave it, it’s here. And to work it off, there are miles of trails, not to mention the hundreds of craggy steps, usually shrouded in fog, to the picturesque Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Sea-lovers will find gorgeous waters, which sometimes even glow with bioluminescence. Unearth seriously cool native and radio history at the Marconi Conference Center and stations, and stand on what is widely regarded as Sir Francis Drake’s landing site, Drakes Beach. At the county’s northernmost point, Dillon Beach has lots of new attractions — restaurants, lodging and a beautiful swath of sand.