The Guide to Tomales Bay (And the Best Oysters You'll Ever Have)
When San Francisco locals want to get away, they head for Tomales Bay. The long, slender bay separates the Point Reyes Peninsula from the mainland. While it is picturesque, everyone comes here for the oyster.
On the western side of the bay, the Point Reyes Peninsula is primarily a 71,000-acre park, complete with pristine beaches, hiking trails, and unobstructed views of the coastline. On the eastern side of the bay, a series of small communities line the waterfront. You can find a wide selection of cozy B&Bs, delicious dining establishments, and a variety of activities, entertainment, and cultural attractions to suit every interest.
Getting to Tomales Bay
You will want to have a car for your trip to Tomales Bay. It's not well serviced by public transit, and some of the beaches and parks are best reached by car. From San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and follow Highway 1 north through the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. The road hugs the coastline once you drive past Muir Beach and Stinson Beach before turning slightly inland. Pass through Five Brooks and Olema to Point Reyes Station, which serves as the gateway to Tomales Bay. If you stay on Highway 1, you will travel up the east side of Tomales Bay through the towns of Marconi, Marshall, McDonald, and Nick’s Cove. If your plans take you to the west side of Tomales Bay, turn left on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Point Reyes Station, which will take you through Inverness and Seahaven. As you continue north, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. turns into Pierce Point Rd., which winds its way through Tomales Bay State Park.