A Cove of Your Own

Head for the Golden Gate Bridge. Not far from that urbane icon is Kirby Cove, the bay's most…

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Head for the Golden Gate Bridge. Not far from that urbane icon is Kirby Cove, the bay’s most uncrowded beach and picnic area. The Marin County oasis is sheltered from the sun by eucalyptus and cypress trees and from tourists by the one-mile hike or bike needed to get there. (Camping? Ask the Park Service for a code to unlock the gate so you can drive down. Reservations highly recommended.) The facilities are simple: BBQ grill, picnic tables and fire rings. There’s no water or wood, so bring both. Earplugs, too, if you’re sleeping over; the fog horns can be loud. After beers and birthday cake, hit the beach and toast both the Golden Gate and State.
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