Ready to find a beach to call your own? Make a visit to Santa Maria Beach in Point Reyes. It’s often overlooked for nearby Limantour Beach. What makes Santa Maria so quiet and peaceful? The 3-mile bike (or hike) in!
The wide dirt fire road is mostly flat and makes for an easy mountain bike ride. From the Point Reyes Hostel, you’ll pedal 3 miles (one-way) on the Coast Trail. The first 2 miles is partially shaded beside a creek.
The last mile parallels the shoreline with gorgeous coastal views all the way to Coast Camp. Here you can park and lock your bike. Then walk on down to the trail to the entryway to the beach.
South-facing and a sanctuary even during busy summer days, Santa Maria is big enough that even if it’s busy, you’ll still find a slice of sand to call your own. Spread your blanket and a picnic, then break out the Frisbee or kick back with a good read. Keep an eye out for whales, too. They’re out there sometimes!
Bike-friendly Coast Trail starts at Coast trailhead, across the street from the Point Reyes Hostel. No dogs.