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Address: Bolinas, CA

A beach with smooth and friendly waves for the surfing beginner.

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Gorgeous sandy beach with rocks and shells to collect. Larger at low tide. Signs saying "Groin" say "Naked Surfers" on the other side:)

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Seattle, WA
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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gorgeous sandy beach with rocks and shells to collect. Larger at low tide. Signs saying "Groin" say "Naked Surfers" on the other side:)

Thank minimuffinlover
Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Nice local beach where the community hangs out. It's opposite Stinson beach and Bolinas although the out of the way is easy enough to get to! Worth checking out. I found it very similar to an English beach rather than an Californian one which was cool, also watch out for sea lions!

Thank jackmoore93
Novato, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

One of our go to beaches when it is 100 degrees inland is go to Bolinas. It has a beautiful beach and lots of birds to watch. It is also where Duxbury tide pools are. A fun place to explore.

Thank June D
stockton on tees
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2016

This beach is so remote it's not even signposted, but we'll worth a visit. Bolinas itself is a laid back hippie chic type of town where everyone is friendly.

Thank andrea k
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2015

Bolinas isn't only a hop up the road from Stinson Beach so venture over to a small California beach town that's a bit off of the beaten path. Has an old time Americana feel and slow pace to things. This is Nature country to enjoy and savor. ...

2 Thank David B L
Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2015

So basically the people that found this place 5 minutes before you feel that they are the only ones with the right to be there. Rude locals, dirty beach, lame food, I'm going to agree with the locals on this one, you are better off finding somewhere else to go, head North to Point Reyes or Iverness and you will... More 

5 Thank ramble o
vinton, ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2015

Quiet, locals beach in Bolinas. When the tide is out you can walk clear around the town via the beach. Dogs play on the beach and it is full of sea birds searching for crabs. I loved this little beach!

1 Thank boggsduo
Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2015

We had the time of our lives with private surf lessons from 2 Mile Surf Shop. The instructor was awesome and the equipment worked great. The weather was chilly and we expected some misery, but were warm and had a blast learning to surf!

2 Thank TreksWithCubs
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2015

We walked from Bolinas to Olema along the coastal route. Incredibly beautiful coast line with groves of mature trees on the ridge line and dramatic views.

3 Thank Tim C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2015

surf there often. Love the town. good coffee, laid back people, good place to go relax at the beach or surf. Local not in love with increasing number or tourists.

1 Thank colorblind123

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