Point Reyes National Seashore Point Reyes National Seashore is a 71,000+ acre park preserve located on the Point Reyes Peninsula in Marin County, California. To cut to the chase, it’s one of the most stunning places you’ll ever see.
North Beach at Point Reyes Beach is the northern access point to an 11-mile long beach on the west side of Point Reyes National Seashore. Beachcombing is probably the biggest activity here with a huge expanse of beach and powerful waves hurling goodies onto the sand. You can walk for miles in both directions and drift logs provide resting options along the shore, but don’t go swimming there because there’s a rip tide and undertow.
I took this photo a couple of years ago when lighthouse access was still possible. A lot of that area is now closed for significant repairs to the lighthouse. One of these days we’ll get down to the beach itself, though it doesn’t look like it will be this year.
This single sailboat was anchored in the middle of Drakes Bay near Point Reyes, California. I never saw anyone moving around on her. She looked rather lonely out there nestled in an almost mediterranean blue ocean, but the overall scene was beautiful.
400 steps down from this cliff’s edge is the Point Reyes Lighthouse clinging to the juxtaposition of Drakes Bay and the open Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the “must sees” of the Point Reyes National Seashore Park. The place is a testimony to courage and ingenuity show by early settlers protecting this rough, rocky, dangerous stretch of coastline.
The cultural history of Point Reyes reaches way way back some 5,000 years to the Miwok Indians who were the first humans to inhabitant the area. Over 120 known village sites exist within the park. Sir Francis Drake is believed to have landed nearby in 1579.
Now in the 21st century the lighthouse no longer functions but the sea and the rocks remain as dangerous as ever.