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Beautiful spot sheltered from the wind nice hiking trails

This is one of the nicest spots on Tomales bay. Totally safe for kids to enjoy the water. Must see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Point Reyes Station, California
Tomales State Park is great!

First off, Heart's Desire Beach in NOT in Point Reyes Station. You have to head west from there... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
San Anselmo
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Great swimming away from the city crowds and fog.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“picnic tables” (5 reviews)
“tomales bay” (12 reviews)
“swimming area” (2 reviews)
Point Reyes Station, CA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the nicest spots on Tomales bay. Totally safe for kids to enjoy the water. Must see destination if you come to west Marin

Thank greendragongenetics
Reviewed 19 October 2017

First off, Heart's Desire Beach in NOT in Point Reyes Station. You have to head west from there through Inverness and into the national seashore towards Pierce Point. It is in Tomales State Park. This is a wonderful place to take your young kids for...More

1  Thank Zin3
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Hearts desire is a favorite place of mine for a quiet trip. I love all of the Tamales Bay/point Reyes area. This is just a beautiful place to be.

Thank TwistedSail
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Since they no longer allow grilling in tomales bay, we followed Google maps to the next nearest picnic area, which was this place! It was a welcome retreat for our then super hungry tummies!! The picnic area was very charming with each table having its...More

Thank elistravels
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

Visited this beach while exploring Point Reyes with my daughter and we really enjoyed the environment. We relaxed on the beach and took a hike on the Indian hiking trail .

1  Thank glm03
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Minimal entry fee per vehicle. Tons of picnic tables to sit and enjoy lunch. The water stays shallow for quite a ways in so the children can enjoy comfortably. You can hike in the surrounding woods. We visited during the week but Ivan see how...More

Thank Jkarr11
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

Lovely sandy beach full of families with young children. Nice big picnic area with tables and benches. The kids had a fab time in jumping off the platform about 15 meters offshore. Busy on the hottest weekend of the year so far but still not...More

Thank Andi_Strud
Reviewed 16 November 2016

After you park the car its about a half mile walk down to the Point. On the way there are a few cottages that can be rented and facilities are close by.I would say this is more for the historical and geographical interest than regular...More

1  Thank 00slevin
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

This beach one of the warmest among northern California beaches. Wonderful for kids. Safe, clean and warm. We absolutely love it! Unfortunately, there is limited parking space and no cell phone service.

1  Thank Olga K
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Turnoff entrance eight miles from downtown Point Reyes Station, along Pierce Point Road, with day fee sticker obtained from vending machine, this is the paramount swimming beach only matched by Chicken Ranch Beach at Pine Hill Road at the north end of Inverness. Picnic benches,...More

1  Thank MarshBruce
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Sofia R
20 August 2017|
Response from Jkarr11 | Reviewed this property |
yes, you absolutely can. Great place for a family picnic too!
Cynthia C
30 June 2016|
Response from bill s | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any RV parking nearby and I don't believe any facility is available. Call the Pointe Reyes Chamber of Commerce tomorrow, they can help you with your question.
Claire F
27 May 2016|
Response from pjmdvm | Reviewed this property |
The Tomales Bay SP website states,"Dogs are not permitted on the beaches or trails." See page 470 of CA parks.gov website. Sounds like the park is ok as long as you don't hike or go on to beach or area around the beach... More