Finger of land between the ocean and bay.

Explore Point Reyes & West Marin

The Point Reyes area offers so many ways for you to explore, discover and enjoy. Whether you’re here to take in the astonishing natural beauty of our National Park, walk on miles of protected trails or beaches, sample our famous food and wine culture or spend the day on the bay in a kayak, you’ll find plenty to inspire you.

Things to Do 

Whale Watching

The best times to see California gray whales during their annual migration are late December through the end of January and late March through April. In the winter months, female whales head south to calve in warmer waters. In the spring, you can see them migrating back up north with their calves.

Tule Elk Preserve

Point Reyes National Seashore is the only National Park where tule elk can be found. The Point Reyes herd is one of the largest in California. Rutting season in August – October, and calves can be spotted in the spring. 

Birding

With so many diverse habitats and more than 70,000 acres, it’s no surprise that the Point Reyes National Seashore is home to an astonishing variety of bird species, as well as playing host to a number of migrating birds. 

Point Reyes Bird Observatory
Audubon Canyon Ranch

Breeding Elephant Seals

Elephant seals return to their terrestrial breeding grounds from December through March. Females give birth to a single pup. You can find boisterous males on Drakes Beach and mothers sleeping with their pups in the sunny protected coves along Chimney Rock. 

Cycling

With miles of diverse nature trails for mountain bikers and the long scenic ribbon of the coastal highway, West Marin is a paradise for cyclists. 

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Horseback riding

Take a ride along a ridge top, on the beach or in the woods. Local stables offer lessons for less experienced riders, guided trail tours, horse rentals and boarding.

Five Brooks Ranch

Kayaking

Bring your own kayak or rent one. You can sign on for a spectacular guided tour of the bay or, if you’re a novice, you can take lessons to build skill and confidence. Be sure to book a night tour during bioluminescence season in the autumn. 

Blue Waters Kayaking

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Hiking

Whether you’re in the mood for a stroll along the beach, a short walk to a spectacular view spot, an hour-long walk through the woods, or an all day trek in the wilderness, the Point Reyes area has what you’re looking for. There are over 150 miles of hiking trails, plus monuments like the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Meditation

West Marin isn’t just about amazing activities. We are bookended by two venerable spiritual centers, for those who are here for deep contemplation and insight.

Spirit Rock

Green Gulch Zen Center

Wildlife Tours

With so much to see, it’s worth making the most of your time with a guided tour of the best spots to see and photograph animals such as the Tule Elk and breeding elephant seals. 

Point Reyes Safaris

Point Reyes Tours

Farm & Culinary Tours

West Marin has a rich culture of family farming, artisan food producers and chefs. Spend a pleasant day of discovery in local fields, barns, wineries and kitchens. 

West Marin Food & Farm Tours

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Shop

Point Reyes Shopping Whether you’re looking for supplies, gifts, keepsakes or outdoor gear, you’ll find just the thing in one of our local shops. Cabaline…

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History

About Point Reyes Station Inn Point Reyes Station Inn was designed and built by Ralph Giacomini, with the help of his father and son. Together,…

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Reservations

It’s easy to check room availability and book your Point Reyes stay online. Or, you can give us a call and book over the phone.…

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Local Dining

Eat Point Reyes! The Inn is only a ten minute walk from restaurants, bars and shopping in Point Reyes Station, and a short scenic drive…

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Events

Events in and around Point Reyes Western Weekend Celebrates West Marin’s agricultural heritage with music, events and a parade.Annually in June Open Studios Visit artists…

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Policies

Policies You’ll find everything you need to know before booking your visit, like cancellation rules, pet policies, check in/check out and more.  Minimum Stay Requirements…