Muir Beach – a little haven along the rugged California Coast

Strictly speaking, Muir Beach is a quiet cove, a beach, and a lagoon tucked into the coastline three miles west of Muir Woods. But in reality, Muir Beach is just little piece of heaven on earth. A gift from the gods to the gluten-free-granola-loving people who call Marin County home. Luckily you don’t have to dig paleo-granola to enjoy Muir Beach.

What you need to know

  • It’s a winding road to get there. If you’re prone to car sickness, Dramamine, or you preferred remedy, is in order.
  • Parking is free, but can get really busy on weekends; plan on parking along the street and walking.
  • Explore the trails around the beach. The hike to Pirates Cove is highly recommended.
  • The weather is unpredictable here, specially in summer. Don’t ever trust any weather apps.
  • Combine this jont with a trip to Muir Woods.
  • Don’t miss out on the Muir Beach Overlook; but you have to drive there.
  • It’s usually windy.
  • Bonfires are pretty popular at the beach.
  • The only bathrooms are in the parking lot. Empty your bladder before going to the beach. It seems like a long way back when you’re in a rush.

4.5 Stars on Yelp© (168 reviews): “a nice scene like on a post card”, “not that crowded and dirty like the beaches back home in SoCal”, “Gorgeous and dog friendly, what more can a girl ask for?”, “A magnificent place to visit.” All reviews.

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