The pristine shores of the Western beaches of Tomales Bay await you. Primitive sites are unmarked, first come first serve, and accessible only by boating in. If you plan it right, you may catch a bioluminescence show in the water once the sun sets (plan for new moon times). I recommend, launching your boat from the Miler Boat Launch in Marshall (eastern side of the bay). Overnight parking is $5. First campsites are a 30 minute paddle across the bay. The best (less crowded) can be reached by heading north 45- 75 minutes out. Campsites are by reservation only and require checkin at Pt. Reyes Station.
Things to note: Outside of the two largest beaches, there are no amenities (toilets). You must haul everything in and out on your boat (that includes your waste).
Wonderful place! Clean toilet onsite. Good access to beach but protected from onshore wind. Can hear waves at night.
Riding through the country on this one was half the fun. Lots of rolling hills, herds of cattle, and a really fun windy drive. The seashore was awesome and we saw lots of elephant seals having a noisy morning.
Point Reyes is HUGE! There are a half dozen camping spots in this beautiful park. Tomales Bay is a boat in only campground on Indian Beach a unique experience if you have access to a boat.
There are plenty of drive or walk in sites if you don't have a boat. Pick your terrain the coast, meadow, or woods and there is a campground for you.
You can easily spend a week here with all of the trails, horseback riding, mountain biking and kayaking options.
California, Washington and Oregon have lovely coast but this location is truly unique! Besides the quality of the locations and the nature and wildlife afforded you, the distance between spots is just incredible. Within walking distance from any one camp site or beach is another one. You could see all of Marin in a week without even touching a car if you were so inclined to do some hiking!
The two lighthouses are splendid excursions, Samuel P Taylor Park is a must for easy fun camping and some good small river access. Kehoe and North Beach are always empty and incredibly vast while Stinson gives you a bit of the packed beach and fun crowd vibe along with a great snack shack in the middle and beautiful rentals and B and B's just off the sand.
Make sure to check out the dunes at Limontour and if possible the cliffs of Drakes Beach!
Point Reyes in California has to be my all time favorite camping site. There are miles and miles of beaches surrounded by dunes, hills, and cliffs. You might even notice the water glowing at night due to a special kind of algae. Those are just some reasons why I'd give Point Reyes a 100/100 on the camping scale.
This is a backpack camp, on the coast. You can get there from the ranger station in the middle of the park, but I recommend taking the time to go to the south end, after checking in at the station, to the trailhead called Palomarin. The trail is largely up on the bluffs above the coast, with killer views. Good place to see whales. Halfway there, the trail goes inland and passes a bunch of little lakes. Bass lake off to the left is a great swimming hole. Nice lunch stop. A mile or so before you get to camp there is a side trail to the left for Alamere Falls. Watch out! I've gotten ticks and poison oak here, and the route down to the beach is perilous. Better to dump your pack at camp and walk up the beach. So beautiful!