AnimalsOne of the most unique things about Point Reyes is the sheer amount of animals you can see when driving Sir Francis Drake Blvd through the park. Here are a few I have seen:
Elephant seals are one of my favorite animals, and I always try to see them when I get the chance. In Point Reyes, you can view them from the elephant seal overlook, or if you are lucky, you may also see them at Drake’s Beach, which is where I got the close-up shot above.
LighthouseThe Point Reyes Lighthouse, out on the end of the point, is one of the most pristine and beautiful lighthouses along the California coast. It is only open on the weekends, but you can view it from the main viewpoint during the days it isn’t open. It is worth the visit just to see it alone, but I would recommend planning for when it is open so you can walk down the crazy stairs and get the full experience.
HikesWith so much area to explore in Point Reyes and only a couple main roads, you pretty much have to get out on a trail to see it all. I have had a chance to do some of the main hikes in the area and you can see my favorites below. The above short hike to the lighthouse is also a great one as well.
BeachesPoint Reyes National Seashore is a peninsula, so there is no shortage of fantastic beaches to explore on both sides. Even when the weather is not agreeable, it can still be fun just to go out and see the large waves crashing on the shore. Check out some of the best below.
Other AttractionsIf you are not interested in hiking or beaches, there is plenty else to do in the area. Here are a few more fun or historic spots to see.
Where to StayThere are lots of small boutique hotels in the park, as well as a bunch of campsites to stay at. My favorite spot is the Point Reyes Hostel though as it has a great location and a lot of charm. They even have private rooms if you come with your family so you can get the atmosphere with privacy as well.
Where to EatPoint Reyes is an immense area, and the only real food to be found is in Inverness or Point Reyes Station. While you are out in the park, there are no options, but there are a surprising amount of good spots when you get back to the main cities. Here are my favorites.
Bovine Bakery (Point Reyes Station)
- Order the Morning Bun
- Location: 11315 CA-1, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Saltwater Oyster Depot (Inverness)
- Order the oysters, both on the half shell and boiled are equally amazing
- Location: 12781 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937
FAQWhere do I get a map? Check out a map of the park here. How much does it cost? There is no entrance fee to visit Point Reyes. How can I avoid the crowds? The summer is the busiest time of year, so if you go during the spring or fall you can generally get decent weather without the crowds. The winter can be cloudy though which takes away from the awesome views. How do I see the lighthouse? The lighthouse is only open from Friday through Monday 10AM - 4:30PM. Make sure to note that as it is a long drive to the lighthouse so you don't want to not be able to see it.
Check out these two videos from my time exploring in the park.