Long, sublime, and slim on crowds, Santa Maria Beach is a sweet south-facing haven easily accessed by pedaling 3-miles (one-way) on the wide Coast Trail, one of the few bike-friendly trails in Point Reyes. Bring your own two-wheeler or rent one from Point Reyes Outdoors. Roll through forest for the first 2 miles before popping out at the far eastern side of Limantour Beach. Keep cruising past windswept dunes as the ocean comes into full view. At Coast Camp, lock up your bike or walk it down to Santa Maria Beach. Take off your shoes and wiggle your toes in the sand. When you’re ready, bike back the way you came. Let the good times roll!
TIP: Hikers can access Santa Maria Beach via a shorter approach (2 miles) on the Laguna and Firelane trails. No bicycles on these trails.
The bike-friendly Coast Trail starts at Coast trailhead, just before the Point Reyes Hostel. Visit Point Reyes National Seashore Web site for a map and directions. The hiking-only Laguna Trail and trailhead is just past the hostel. No dogs.