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Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach(Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Stinson Beach Park)

United States, California, Stinson Beach 

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Amenities

Stinson Beach has lifeguards usually between the first week of July and Labor Day, from late May to mid-September.  In addition to lifeguards, this beach has many other amenities including restrooms, volleyball nets, showers, barbecue areas, nearby kayak rental facilities, a concession stand (usually during summers), and picnic areas. 


Dogs are not allowed at Stinson Beach.

Activities

Stinson Beach offers many fun activities including sunbathing, beachcombing, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hiking, volleyball, surfing, bodysurfing, bodyboarding, paddleboarding, skimboarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing, parasailing, rafting, jet-skiing, water-skiing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, and wildlife watching.

This beach is ideal for surfers and the water here offers a fun Stinson Beach surfing experience the best time for surfing here is during winter and spring.  You can check the online Stinson Beach surf report to check the seasonal patterns of the surfing waves here.  In addition to surfing, the beach is also ideal for rafters and bodyboarders in summers.  This beach is also ideal for windsurfers, particularly during afternoons when north-westerly winds are blowing. 

If you are planning to swim, kayak, canoe, or paddleboard here, we recommend being careful because the water here is known to have unpredictable rip currents and particularly dangerous waves.  In addition, shark attacks have also been reported near this beach.

If you like beachcombing, we recommend visiting this beach in the morning during low tides in winters because you can find many kinds of shells here.  If you like hiking, there are multiple hiking trails nearby that offer a fun nearby Stinson Beach hike, along a unique way to explore the rugged coastal North California landscape.  If you like taking pictures with excellent views, Stinson Beach offers amazing Instagram-worthy views of the Northern California shoreline and the Pacific Ocean, particularly during sunset.  

Stinson Beach is ideal for visitors looking for a quieter beach experience in winters because this beach sees fewer visitors during these times.

Disability Access

Stinson Beach has many disabled-friendly features for visitors with disabilities including a disabled-friendly boardwalk, and disabled-friendly benches, restrooms, and picnic areas most of the disabled-friendly features of this beach are located near its northern and central portions.  In addition, this beach also offers beach wheelchairs for visitors with disabilities if you want a beach wheelchair, you can visit the National Park Service’s website for more information on getting a beach wheelchair. 

Parking

Getting to Stinson Beach is easy this beach is located near 3514 Shoreline Highway and there are multiple free parking lots nearby. 

 We recommend being careful while driving to the beach because the road to this beach can be winding and foggy.  We also recommend visiting this beach early during summers because the parking lot here fills up quickly in summers. 

We recommend consulting a Stinson Beach tide chart before visiting this beach because some narrow portions of this beach can get waterlogged during high Stinson Beach tides.  It is also important to note that the Stinson Beach weather can be unpredictable and this beach can also get foggy even during summers.


Fun Fact

The beach and the town of Stinson Beach are named after a local landowner named Nathan H. Stinson, who purchased the land around this beach in 1866.  The area near this beach hosts many fun activities including Stinson Beach Arts and Crafts Fair, an annual event named “Cuisine on the Green" that is held in a nearby park, and the Stinson Beach Documentary Film Festival.

Attractions

There are many attractions near Stinson Beach.  Muir Beach Overlook is a clifftop observation area that offers amazing Instagram-worthy views of the rugged northern California shoreline and the Pacific Ocean.  Mount Tamalpais State Park is a state park that has a 2,571-feet tall mountain named Mount Tamalpais and it also offers many fun activities including hiking, biking, camping, wildlife watching, and picnicking this state park offers a unique insight into local biodiversity and it also has an amphitheater.  Bolinas Museum offers interesting exhibits highlighting the unique history of the community of Bolinas and Marin County.  Duxbury Reef is a coastal area that is located near a beach park named Agate Beach County Park and this coastal area offers many interesting tide pools – these tidepools are home to a large variety of plant and animal species including many kinds of seaweed, chitons, and sea urchins.  If you are looking for another attraction near the beach, Muir Woods National Monument is a 554-acre national monument that is a 22-minute drive away and it has 240 acres of redwood forests you can see many kinds of animals here including woodpeckers, squirrels, deer, skunks, and otters.  This national monument offers a memorable way to explore the rugged Northern Californian landscape and local biodiversity.

Restaurants

If you get hungry, there are many great restaurants near Stinson Beach.  Parkside Cafe offers many amazing dishes for lunch and dinner including steaks, seafood, salads, flatbread, and roast chicken.  Coast Cafe offers excellent seafood, sandwiches, and burgers.  Smiley’s Schooner Saloon Hotel & Kitchen offers excellent coastal cuisine that is infused with Hispanic influences.  Breakers Cafe offers many amazing dishes for breakfast and lunch including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, soups, tacos, seafood, and chicken dishes.  If you are looking for another good and affordable nearby restaurant, the Parkside Snack Bar offers many amazing dishes including burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and seafood dishes. 

Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel near Stinson Beach, there are many great nearby moderately priced and modestly-priced options.  The 3-Star Mountain Home Inn offers many amenities including a bar, a restaurant, a terrace, and massage services.  Another moderately priced hotel is the 3-Star West Point Inn that offers amazing views of the Marin Headlands and the surrounding North Californian landscape.  The ELEVEN Bread & Breakfast at 11 Wharf Road is conveniently located close to some of the major landmarks in the nearby town of Bolinas and it also has a restaurant.  Another moderately priced hotel is Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, Hotel & Kitchen that is an adults-only accommodation with an old-world charm and features a saloon-style bar with a pool table, live music, and karaoke nights.  If you are looking for another good and affordable nearby hotel, The Stinson Beach Redwood Haus Inn (also called Redwood Haus Bed & Breakfast Inn) offers many amenities including a complimentary breakfast, barbeque facilities, pianos, guitars, a DVD library, and a lobby with a large flatscreen TV.  Another great hotel near the beach is Sandpiper Lodging Stinson Beach also sometimes unofficially called Sandpiper Lodge Stinson Beach – that offers many amenities including a garden with a barbecue, a picnic table, outdoor sitting area, and a shower.

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    Top Traveler Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Surf through our FAQs to help you find your perfect beach!

    Does Stinson Beach have parking? If so, is it free or paid?

    Yes, this Beach provides free parking at the entrance, although spaces are limited. Visitors can also find street parking nearby for easy access to the beach.

    Does Stinson Beach have lifeguards?

    Yes, this Beach ensures safety with professional lifeguards on duty throughout the day, offering peace of mind for beachgoers.

    Is Stinson Beach a family-friendly beach?

    Yes, this Beach is the perfect family destination, offering clean restrooms, vigilant lifeguards, and a variety of nearby food options, ensuring an enjoyable day for all.

    Is Stinson Beach good for swimming?

    Yes, this Beach boasts excellent swimming conditions, attracting swimmers of all skill levels with its gentle waves and clear waters.

    Does Stinson Beach have restrooms?

    Yes, Restrooms are conveniently available on or adjacent to the beach at this Beach.

    Is Stinson Beach a nude beach?

    No, this Beach maintains a family-friendly atmosphere and does not allow nude bathing.

    Is there food near Stinson Beach?

    Yes, this Beach has multiple restaurant options near or on the beach.

    What are the activities at Stinson Beach?

    Yes, this Beach is renowned for its vibrant beach scene, offering various activities for everyone to enjoy Fishing, Hiking, Surfing, Volleyball.

    Does Stinson Beach have accommodations for people with disabilities?

    No, this Beach does not have accommodations for people with disabilities.

    Is Stinson Beach a dog-friendly beach?

    Yes, bring your dog with you to this Beach!

    Is Stinson Beach good for surfing?

    Yes, surfing is an activity that is frequently enjoyed at this Beach.

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