Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Drakes Beach

A wide stretch of beach backed by dramatic white sandstone cliffs makes this a very popular place. Drive-up access, a small café and a visitor center add to its appeal. The sands of the Drakes Bay cliffs were deposited in a shallow sea 10-13 million years ago, compacted, then uplifted. Erosion has revealed the striations of this story in the cliff faces.

Directions

Directions from Bear Valley Visitor Center: Follow Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to the western end of the park. The side road for Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center lies after passing Drakes Estero, in the pastoral lands. Turn left if traveling southward.