Point Reyes Shoreline


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Point Reyes National Seashore covers 80 miles of shoreline and is home to some of the best Bay Area beaches.

Located just 30 minutes from Novato, Point Reyes lies at the tip of a narrow peninsula which sticks out some 15 miles into the Pacific Ocean. Visitors may drive almost right up to Drakes Beach, Limantour Beach, and the Great Beach (at the North and South Beach parking lots) and the rest of the park’s shoreline can be accessed by trail or boat. The point itself is significantly higher than the peninsula connecting it to the the mainland and gives spectacular views, especially from the lighthouse at its highest point.

Point Reyes is believed to be where England’s Sir Francis Drake came ashore during the summer of 1579, stopping to repair his ship during his circumnavigation of the globe. The Point Reyes National Seashore was established by President John F. Kennedy on September 13, 1962.

For more information about Point Reyes Shoreline, please visit the National Park Service website.

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