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

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HIKING AND BREATHTAKING VIEWS

There are several hiking trails around Drakes Estero that offer beautiful scenery, breathtaking views, and access to Drakes Bay. Pack a lunch and enjoy the wildlife. Numerous... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 17, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2016 via mobile

There are several hiking trails around Drakes Estero that offer beautiful scenery, breathtaking views, and access to Drakes Bay. Pack a lunch and enjoy the wildlife. Numerous photographic locations.

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1 Thank albebuc
Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 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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Thank Scott T
California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 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 

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Thank Kerryloves2travel
yosemite
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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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Thank susierapp
New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 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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sacramento
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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 

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Pensacola, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 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 28, 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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