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Relax at Dillon Beach in Marin

Hankering to hit the beach? Don’t dilly dally—Dillon dally! Often overlooked, Dillon Beach in Marin can be magical in fall when the mist lifts to reveal a 1-mile swath of wide and sandy terrain backed by dunes and dotted with picnic tables.

Dillon Beach in Marin

The size of the beach means people can disperse even when the parking lot is totally full. Stroll seaside, soaking in views of Point Reyes and sea stacks rising from the ocean.

Dillon Beach in Marin

Low tide brings good tide-pooling on the north end. Bluffs offer more private hideaways. And the bow-wow bonus—your dogs get to roam with you, or sit on your lap to enjoy the scenery. That’s some Dillon chillin’.

Dillon Beach in Marin

BONUS FOOD AND DRINK: Not only is it Marin County’s Oldest Saloon and Inn, William Tell House, located in the nearby town of Tomales, now has a new patio with firepits for autumn warmth. Belly up for some Buttermilk Fried Oysters & Chips or a Stemple Creek Burger, and wash it all down with their signature cocktail or a Ghost Town IPA beer.

Dillon Beach is located between Bodega Bay and Tomales Bay. Take Hwy. 1 to Tomales and then go west on Dillon Beach Rd. Parking at Dillon Beach is $15. Dog-friendly!

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