Dillon Beach in Marin
If you're going to go to a beach north of the Golden Gate, chances are it's one of the Big 3 in Marin: the Headlands, Stinson, Point Reyes. But oft-overlooked Dillon Beach is also Marin magical. Regularly shrouded in fog during summer, the mist lifts on Dillon a little more in winter, unveiling a one-mile swath of wide, sandy terrain backed by beautiful dunes that make nice buffers if there's wind. The size of the beach allows people to disperse, so even when the parking lot seems full, the beach still allows solitude—a prime spot for strolling seaside and enjoying views of Point Reyes. Sea stacks rise from the ocean, and low tide brings gentler surf plus nice tide-pooling on the north end. You can find picnic tables here, and the bluffs make for more private hideaways. A bow-wow bonus: There are no leash laws at Dillon Beach so if your furry pal is friendly, you both get to roam free. That's some chillin' at Dillon.
Dillon Beach is located between Bodega Bay and Tomales Bay. Take Hwy. 1 to Tomales and then go west on Dillon Beach Rd. Parking at Dillon Beach is $8. Dog-friendly!
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