On the western edge of Bolinas, Agate Beach Park has nearly seven acres of pebble-strewn shoreline and easy access to adjacent algae-covered tide pools. At low tide, anemones and hermit crabs thrive amidst bright green sea lettuce, and harbor seals and black oystercatchers make a splash off shore. If the surf is high, take the bluff-top trail from the parking lot to watch waves crashing on Duxbury Reef and—on a clear day—see views that sweep to the Farallon Islands.
For Family Fun
In contrast to the big-wave drama of much of the Pacific coastline, Heart’s Desire Beach is a sheltered stretch of sand on Tomales Bay’s western shore. Boasting high temps and calm water, the area entices families and picnickers who grill oysters and toss Frisbees on the surrounding grass.