The unique and varied topography of the region gives each beach its own unique personality. Whether you love beachcombing, tide pooling, sunbathing, kayaking, or boating, there’s a perfect beach for you somewhere on Point Reyes.
Thanks to its coastal location and unspoiled habitat, some of the finest bird watching un the United States can be found at Point Reyes National Seashore.
West Marin is a paradise of delicious, farm-raised food. Ever since the earliest days of the Gold Rush, Marin County has been known as the dairy capital of California. From local cheeses and pasture-fed beef to fresh vegetables and oyster farms, Marin is a food mecca, and you can do more than just sample its offerings. For food lovers, there’s no place better to visits than Point Reyes. West Marin is the undisputed birthplace of the organic food movement, and produces some of the most flavorful produce in the entire country. Most restaurants take full advantage of the region’s bounty to create delicious menus full of locally sourced diary and seafood.
The Point Reyes Lighthouse, built in 1870, was retired from service in 1975 when the U.S. Coast Guard installed an automated light. They then transferred ownership of the lighthouse to the National Park Service, which has taken on the job of preserving this fine specimen of our heritage.
The Point Reyes Lighthouse itself is another 150 meters (0.1 miles) beyond the Visior Center at the base of some 300 steps–the equivalent of 30 stories. The lens room, which houses the original clockworks and first-order Fresnel lens that were manufactured in 1867 and installed in 1870, is open from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, Thursdays through Mondays, as staffing and weather conditions permit. The lower chamber of the historic lighthouse has exhibit panels on the history of the light and the keepers. The equipment building next to the lighthouse exhibits the two 1947 super typhon foghorns, the air compressors, and a backup power generator that were used at Point Reyes.