South Rodeo Beach in Marin


South Rodeo Beach

04.19.12

From the issue Green Scene

Not Your First Rodeo

Ready for the rodeo? Marin's Rodeo Beach has a lot going on. It's the starting point for sweeping headland hikes, home to The Marine Mammal Center, and is easily accessed without a car, thanks to the Muni 76 bus. The main beach is a popular hangout for watching shortboarders, playing Frisbee with Fido, or just laying about and enjoying the salt-tinged air. For those seeking a little more seclusion, just head south! An unsigned trail winds over the ice plant-covered hills, spilling out at the less-visited South Rodeo Beach, a Pacific-facing pocket haven backed by big cliffs. This beach can be breezy, but go when the weather's nice and it's an ideal spot for sun-basking. Stroll the shoreline, explore the tidepools, and watch as kayakers nose their way through distant sea stacks. The old red-and-white buildings at Fort Cronkhite sit to the north. Spread your blanket by a giant piece of driftwood, settle in, and say ahhhhhh. Like most "hidden" beaches, you might be exposed to a full moon in the form of a free-styling sunbather. This ain't your first Rodeo.

Get driving or additional public transit directions from Transit and Trails. The 76 Marin Headlands bus runs only on Sundays and certain holidays; the first bus departs the city at 9:30 a.m., and the last bus leaves Rodeo Beach/Fort Cronkhite at 6:30 p.m. Buses run every hour, and the fare is $2. Contact the Marin Headlands Visitor Center at 415-331-1540. The bus is not dog-friendly but the beach is.

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