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Address: Bolinas, CA
Activities: Kayaking, Surfing
Description: A beach with smooth and friendly waves for the surfing beginner.

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quiet and full of shells and jellies to look at...

It is a beautiful beach low tide or high..stone carvings and painting are interesting. quite a few happy dogs with their owners on walks

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
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Napa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

It is a beautiful beach low tide or high..stone carvings and painting are interesting. quite a few happy dogs with their owners on walks

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San Francisco, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

There's a 1960s feel to the place, a bit like Pacifica but much smaller, quiet and away from the crowds. There's a great walk from town to the beach, and loops back around through a nice neighborhood to the Bolinas Main Street.

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Davis, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Gentle waves and surfers of all ages. This is a great place to learn. Parking is a challenge but people are coming and going all the time so patience helps. Don't be scared off by the cool reception of the locals. The beach and surf are worth it.

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SF Bay Area
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237 reviews 237 reviews
34 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

we happened by bolinas beach by accident, touring through the little town. we parked and walked down on the beach. a gem of a beach. so many seashells at the water's edge and also at the highest tide line. such an assortment of different types. the beach is protected from wind and is lovely to walk along.

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Chicago, Illinois
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Best place ever Beach great, town great atmosphere great But, don't tell. It is a hidden gem on the coast

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San Jose, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We stayed at Smiley's and were able to take a short walk in either directin to get to the beach. It's a quaint little beach in a quaint little town. We were there during the week, so it was very qiet and not the least bit crowded.

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I come to California all the time and have never heard of this town, until NY Times wrote up about it. Great coastal town with great beaches and nice local shops and a great little budge restaurant the Coast Cafe. Great BBQ! It is really worth a quick visit!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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174 reviews 174 reviews
38 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It was too cold to go in the water, but as a place for a view, it is first rate. We walked down a few times. We were sure we saw seals swimming below us at night.

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Walnut Creek, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Sun and surf, sand and shells - what's not to like? We took the young kids and all had fun in the shallow shore of rocks and sand... the surf was pounding in the distance, and the beach was fairly deserted, with occasional dog walkers and couples walking by... truly a fabulous refreshing renewal of the spirit.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

After finding Stinson Beach too full to park at, we decided to go down the road to Bolinas Beach at the suggestion of a cousin. There is no sign off of Hwy 1, as if they don't want people to know about this place. I found it to be magical. Beautiful houses with gardens, lots of trees and ferns, cute... More 

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Address: Address: Bolinas, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Bolinas

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