Drakes Beach

3 Drakes Beach Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


A perfect substitute for the White Cliffs of Dover, Drakes Bay Beach is a remote, wide stretch of beach backed by dramatic white sandstone cliffs of Northern California. 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. 

Located in gorgeous Point Reyes National Seashore, it takes a long scenic drive to reach the beach. Once there, there is a small convenient shop selling drinks and snacks to beachgoers. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center next to the beach parking lot has many informative exhibits about Point Reyes. From the parking lot, there is a path leading up to the Peter Behr Overlook. Protected by the point at Chimney Rock, the surf at Drakes Beach is generally calm and peaceful. Wide and sandy near the parking lot, Drakes beach is perfect for beach walking in either direction. Nearby Chimney Rock has trails and a spectacular seal viewpoint. The Point Reyes Lighthouse is also close by.

Drakes Beach is now available for film and television production use. Contact Marin CVB office today to book this gorgeous beach for your next film project.