There are so many fun and interesting things to do in this small, beautiful town of Dillon Beach, located on beautiful Marin County, California Beach. Plan a wonderful visit for a family reunion, a girl weekend, or a corporate team. There are plenty of holiday homes here, everything from a small beach villa to grand, beautiful homes that comfortably sleep up to 12 people on weekends or weekly rentals. There are so many fun activities, so you will want to come back again and again, year after year. Here are just a few things to fascinate you about your Dillon Beach vacation:
At the top of the bluff on Oceana Drive at the end of the street, go through a cattle gate. To the left there is a magnificent view of Eagle Rock overlooking Bodega Head and the magnificent Tomales Bay. You think you've been to Scotland, but it's just over an hour from San Francisco! There are some lanes you will see, follow these on the right and you will come across a fire road. Go left and you will reach Estero about a mile. Very good rods and rocks along the way! Fun for kids of all ages. Dogs love this hike!
Another great tourism area is Pt. Reyes National Marine Visitors Center. 45 minutes drive from Dillon Beach. There are fun trails – be sure to go to Earthquake One and then visit the village of Mivok. You can continue along Tomales Bay for an adventure to climb the 300 steps down to the Lighthouse. Take a look past the drive for a look at Tule Lock, which runs for free, and listen to the barking of Sea Lions along the coast.
If you are heading down to the National Maritime Center, plan some time at Pt. Reyes, a cute little town with some fun shops. Be sure to visit Toby's feed store. There is a park behind Toby's for children. The Cattle Bakery is well known and good! The locals keep their own coffee cups on the hte shelves, so bring your own to feel some of the things. Nearby is a great bookstore to explore.
However, Tomales has the best bakery in the world. Only open Thursdays-Sundays, must arrive early before they sell out! William Tell has just been reworked and is quite good. you can now sit outside for an oyster barbecue treat. The delicacy is great for sandwiches that you can take from the street to the park and let the kids play. Don't miss the hot lamb sandwich! In the opposite direction is the Native Plants nursery, which is fun to explore.
Petaluma has a great old town. Sweet shops, antiques and great restaurants. It has not been badly damaged by the 1906 earthquake, as there have been so many areas of the North Bay and San Francisco, so buildings are among the oldest in our area. Known for the past chicken industry, it still hosts the Chicken and Egg Days, with a fun parade and family activities to honor the popular Yore Police.
Other fun cities to explore – the small town of Bodega (not Bodega Bay) is where Alfred Hitchcock shoots The Birds. Sevastopol has a great city center as well as numerous antique shops along the Gravenstein Highway. Healdsburg is a great place to visit, the town square is lovely with shops and restaurants to explore.
San Francisco is a fun day out. You can visit Golden Gate Park, with the museums or The Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts. Chinatown, fisherman and harbor and Ghirardelli Square are fun to explore.
So much to choose from! While Napa is the most famous and only about 45 minutes away, locals really prefer the area closer to Dillon Beach. Sonoma County Sonoma Napa is a world-class wine. Go to the Alexander Valley, the Russian River Wine Road, or try one of the smaller boutique wineries in Sevastopol.
If you want to stay close to home, just try our beach! You can light a fire in the hearth and your dog can enjoy the beach as well. There are often great reservoirs to explore at the northern end of the beach. The dunes are so fun to run up and down, but be sure not to let the children dig too deep, the sand moves and can easily tear down a hole.
You can head south on the beach to Lawnon Landing, towards the campsite. There is a pier where you can fish or crab. Clamming is also popular here. There is a fee for driving to the landing.