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Address: Inverness, CA
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This small waterway is a popular destination for paddlers.

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Drake's Landing

Hiked along this peaceful beach, searching for Sir Francis Drake's landing sight. We spotted many species of wildlife along our journey. An exceptionally beautiful and remote area... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
Scott T
Belmont, California
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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Hiked along this peaceful beach, searching for Sir Francis Drake's landing sight. We spotted many species of wildlife along our journey. An exceptionally beautiful and remote area of the west coast, steeped in the rich history of early California.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Just unexpected and very beautiful. Some construction while I was there but I could see the potential.

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Watsonville, California
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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 

Thank Kerryloves2travel
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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.

Thank susierapp
New York
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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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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 

Thank ucddoc
Pensacola, Florida
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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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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
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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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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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