The Insider guide to activities, sports, hiking, tours, events and night life in and around Point Reyes Station, California
Water sports and activities
Tomales Bay is a kayaker’s dream. Kayak the bay during the daytime, or at night during bioluminescence. You can go on your own, or on a guided tour. Bolinas lagune is also an excellent place for kayaking.
Surfing & Paddleboarding
Popular surf areas are Stinson Beach, Muire Beach & Bolinas, but surfers can be seen catching waves at Drake’s Beach as well. There are numerous excellent paddleboarding spots along the coast and in the bays.
You’ll find everything from wild and dangerous beaches to gentle, shallow bay beaches—perfect for small children.
Boating & Fishing
If you have your own boat, you’ll find convenient places to launch. Fishing is legendary in West Marin. Crabbers and anglers come from all over to fish our clean, abundant waters.
kayak rental & guided tours
Sea & bay kayaking tours and expeditions
Stand up paddle boards
Kayak, surfboard, boogie board, SUPs & wetsuit rental
Surfboard, boogie board, SUPs, skimboard & wetsuit rental
Group or private surf lessons
Naturalist led kayak tour of Bolinas Lagoon
2.5 hour surf lessons with Nicki
Wildlife & Equestrian
Tule Elk herds can be found throughout Point Reyes National Seashore, but the best place to see them is in the Tule Elk Preserve at Tomales Point. Late September through October you’ll find Elk Docents on the Tomales Point Trailhead, ready to give you a short educational lecture on the elk. They have spotting scopes setup so hikers can get a closer look.
Point Reyes Seashore beats all other US national parks for bird diversity. An incredible 54% of all North American bird species can be found here. Aside from bringing your binoculars and a good field guide, here are some annual birding events you can sign up for.
Wildlife is abundant here, and you’re bound to get some good shots going solo. If you want to make the most of your time, though, you might consider signing up for a wildlife safari tour.
Whales, Elephant Seals & Sealife
Gray whales can be seen twice each year as they pass by Point Reyes during their annual migration to and from their breeding grounds. Point Reyes National Seashore is a breeding ground for Elephant seals. You can see the enormous bull seals, as well as mothers with their newborns. Tomales Bay is also teeming with aquatic life, from sand sharks to bat rays.
Stables & horses
The Point Reyes area has miles and miles of gorgeous trails, perfect for riding. You’ll find stables to board your horses, or you can ride horses provided on guided trail tours.
Full service stable
Guided trail rides
Whale Watching Spots
Point Reyes Lighthouse
Sea Lion Lookout
The Light House
Five Brooks Pond
Wildlife viewing & photography tours