Bolinas is a special, coveted, wanna-be-secret place you sort of need to find on your own. Good luck. The locals have earned their place in this beautiful sanctuary. Be respectful, and the town might open its heart to you. If you stop at the honor system vegetable stand, be sure to leave cash when you grab the most wholesome straight-from-the-dirt-veggies!
As a small, quiet town of 254 people that’s situated on the coast of Bodega Bay, Dillon Beach offers a valued sense of privacy to its residents.
If you prefer to live in a more remote area, Dillon Beach has serene ocean views and beautiful mountains. More importantly, you can find the peace and quiet you’ll enjoy.
Living in Inverness is one of the dreams for those who like to take the path less traveled. With a population of 1,304, Inverness offers its residents a variety of cool sights and adventures. From renting kayaks from Blue Waters, to seeing the historic shipwrecks at Point Reyes, to taking strolls and pictures at the iconic Cypress Tree Tunnel.
Located right on the historic and scenic Highway 1, Olema serves as the heart of the neighboring towns of Point Reyes, Inverness, and Stinson Beach. With a population of only 120, you’d be stepping into a community where you’ll know your neighbors. Even with such a small population, Olema still has two restaurants that also serve as the local watering holes: the Sir and Star at The Olema and Due West. Olema gives you the opportunity to take a drive down any direction and lose yourself in adventures through oceans, forests, grassy fields, and more.
If you’re looking for a small town filled with nature, adventure, and mindfulness, Point Reyes is for you. Located 30 miles northwest of San Francisco, Point Reyes has created a little haven on the coast. It’s surrounded by rocky headlands crashed by ocean waves, sandy beaches, grassy fields, forests, and more than 15,000 different species of wildlife and plants.
While it is fairly secluded from the “mainland,” Point Reyes’ downtown area offers its residents everything they may need. Stop by the Point Reyes Farmers Market for your fresh produce, the Old Western Saloon for a drink, the Palace Market for groceries, and Bovine Bakery for a treat. It’s even home to the distinguished Cowgirl Creamery, where you can find a delicious lunch as well as fine cheeses.
A town that was once only accessible by horseback or on foot, Stinson Beach has evolved into one of the most common day-trip destinations for Marin residents, and it’s a world-renowned vacation spot.
While it’s world-renowned, Stinson Beach only has a population of around 632 people, which makes it a perfect place for someone looking for a smaller community.
Stinson Beach is the ideal home for beach lovers who would enjoy a morning surf, a hike on the coast, or a casual stroll.
Tomales Bay is one of the most unique aspects of Marin. Being a small inlet of the Pacific Ocean, it is 15 miles long and one mile wide. The northern side of the inlet faces Bodega Bay, allowing oysters to flourish. If Tomales were famous for one thing, it’s just that. Home to two of the most well-renowned oyster joints in California, Hog Island Oyster Co., and Tomales Bay Oyster Company.
But let’s be serious: Oysters aren’t the only thing Tomales Bay has going. Water sports flood the community, and you’ll see kayakers as well as people sailing, fishing and motorboating. Adding to that, there’s a bountiful supply of beaches, from Blue Gums Beach to Voodoo Beach, Jacks Beach, Pita Beach, and more.