It’s a Stinson Beach Thursday in Cali.

It was an early Thursday afternoon and I was hanging out around the Golden Gate Bridge when I decided to make a quick day trip north along the coast to Stinson Beach. Stinson Beach sits within Marin County and along the Pacific Ocean.

You take U.S. Route 101 north a few exits from the bridge and get off on Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, and you have about ten miles to go on a two lane road.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California, PCH

It felt much longer than that due to the continuous hair pin curves, the road going up-and-down in elevation and with the side railings not always present along the cliffs. To those that may experience motion sickness, come prepared. I had issues as a child on this route, but was ok on this trip. 🙂

It would be a thirty-five minute drive normally from A to B, but took a lot longer due to traffic. Smooth sailing coming back.

You reach the small-town of Stinson Beach and right past the downtown area you’ll see the entrance to the beach.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Time to hit the three-and-a-half miles of sand!

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

There were lot’s of kids digging holes and building sand castles. Oh boy the memories of my youth.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Pretty calm waves coming onto the beach versus other areas nearby.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Lot’s of people coming and going from the icy ocean waters with their various boards. The sand was soft and comfortable to walk on.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Always gotta grab a seaweed shot.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

The fog was just along the immediate shoreline, looking towards town and the mountains beyond, you had clear blue skies.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

I walked inland right off the beach past a food and refreshments stand and a small, scenic park on the way to the main strip.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

A nice cozy beach town with a few shops, places to get grub and lot’s of tourists and kids running around. Where’d the fog go?!

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California

Whenever I’m along an ocean coast, I get a craving for some New England Clam Chowder. The Sand Dollar Restaurant helped me on this day.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California, Sand Dollar Restaurant

I grabbed a quick beverage to go with the chowder deliciousness.

Stinson Beach, Pacific Coast beach town California, New England Clam Chowder

I walked around the main strip for a bit afterwards then made the hairpin turn drive back towards the Golden Gate Bridge. A great short day trip.

If you’re in San Francisco, can stomach a short crazy drive and love small beach towns, make the short trek to Stinson Beach. Tip: Make more of a day of it and stop at Muir Woods National Monument in route to checkout an old redwood forest.

What California Pacific Coast beach towns would you recommend checking out? Any New England Clam Chowder must stops?

2 responses to “It’s a Stinson Beach Thursday in Cali.

  1. That chowder looks delicious! Where was the sun??

    • The fog was really bad that day no matter where I was on the California coast, but you go a half a kilometer in-land and you see the blue skies and sun! Great for those in town, but for beach goers. 😦

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