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Drakes Estero

Inverness, CA
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Inverness
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Kayaking
Description: This small waterway is a popular destination for paddlers.
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Watsonville, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We came here Aug 13, 2014 to see & taste the Oysters. Unfortunatley, they were forced to close as of 31 July 2014 thru some weird Natioanl Parks issue. It is currently is litigation. YOu can get Drakes Bay oysters in restaurants - NIck's Cove in Marshall, etc and they are delicious. YOu will notice all the signs throughout the... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nice area for hiking and bird watching. The hike is fairly easy. The bird life is more abundant in the spring and fall when migrating birds are there.

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New York
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119 reviews 119 reviews
32 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Drove to Drake's Bay after visiting several points in the national park. We thought it was just an oyster farm with just tanks but they also sale the oysters. You can buy by the pound and chuck them yourself (bring your own knife or buy one there) or you can get them on the half shelve and those are served... More

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146 reviews 146 reviews
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

We have done this hike many times. You share part of it with cows who can muck up the trail. But beautiful views abound. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company is small, and when we arrived they had just harvested. I prefer these to the other oysters in the area as they have a distinct salinity growing much closer to open... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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127 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

When I went to Drake Bay's Oyster Company in August, I saw signs that they were closing in one month and that they are a must go. We went down a very gravelly road were we crawled at 5 mph in my aunt's Prius (I'm sure bigger and better cars would be fine) and were shaken like crazy. This was... More

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San Jose, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

4 miles of varied (and lovely) scenery, ending with a fabulous view. Just be prepared to deal with the cows that occasionally block the path. And the very end is overgrown with poison oak on both sides -- but you get the same view if you skip that last tenth of a mile!

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San Francisco
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Must go to Drake's Bay Oyster Company. Has the most delicious oysters and a place to shuck, bbq and eat oyster after you buy. They have oyster sizes. Some up to two years old-best for bbq. They also have jars of daily fresh shucked oysters. It is an out of the way area where locals have been going for many... More

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Fair Oaks, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

You can launch here quite easily and after you are done paddling, enjoy fresh Oysters from Drakes Oyster Co. Be sure to check tides and wind first. There are shallow areas and if you get caught at low tide, you will be sitting in mud without a way to get back to shore for a while. Seals pop their heads... More

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Minden, Nevada
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154 reviews 154 reviews
29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Drive down the Limantour Road all the way to the end parking area. The 5 mile walk each way to the end of Limantour split is highly recomended to see all types of coastal sea life. If your lucky enough to see the tide come in and out of Drakes Estero, it is a sight to behold! Sea lions frequent... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

It does not get much more beautiful! Go for a walk, a hike and be sure to do so during different seasons because you will see different flora/fauna, birds, etc.

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