Stinson Beach, CA, USA

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Stinson Beach, CA, USA

Stinson Beach vacation rentals

A coastal hotspot in Marin County

This tiny beachfront community is just a 35-minute drive away from Golden Gate Bridge. Choose a Stinson Beach vacation rental for a secluded beach escape, from where you can explore the wide sandy coastline, the winding trails reaching into the redwood-clad mountains, or venture further afield to experience all the pleasures of the Bay area. Whether you pick a beautiful beachfront home to make the most of the idyllic shoreline, or opt for a Stinson Beach vacation rental nestling in the secluded wooded hillsides and affording great views over Bolinas Bay, this is an unforgettable vacation location.

Glittering white sands at Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach boasts a picturesque, wide stretch of gleaming white sand at the foot of the green, forested hillsides of Mount Tamalpais State Park. The lively Pacific breakers make this beach a popular spot for surfers, windsurfers, hang-gliders, and kite-surfers. Rent a board at one of the surf shops nearby, where you can also book lessons. Along the beach, you’ll find picnic tables and BBQ grills, where you make the most of the beautiful view, kick back, and relax. If you’re traveling with kids, they will love the fine, white sand – perfect for building sandcastles.

A hiking paradise

The small town has several shops, restaurants, and beachfront cafés – or you can head back towards Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and San Francisco for greater choice. From Stinson Beach, hikers and mountain bikers can follow one of the pine-scented trails into Mount Tamalpais State Park. At the mountain peak, you’ll enjoy wonderful views over the ocean and the bay, and on clear days you can admire the San Francisco skyline. In the summer, book tickets to experience “a great outdoor theatre adventure” in the 4,000-seater stone amphitheater that nestles atop a hillside in the park.

Surfs up in Stinson Beach

The temperatures at Stinson Beach vary from a year-round steady low in the 40s and 50s to highs in the 70s and 80s. Even in summer, the water can be cool for swimmers – meaning the ocean here is mainly the preserve of surfers over the winter and spring months, and rafters and body boarders in the summer. It’s a very pleasant climate for making the most of the spectacular biking and hiking trails, whatever the time of year.

Wonderful wildlife watching

The neighboring beach of Bolinas has a much rockier shoreline than Stinson Beach, but from either one it’s possible to spot dolphins, seals, and even whales. Winding through the shady groves of coast redwoods and oaks, chaparral, and deep canyons of Mount Tamalpais State Park and Muir Woods also offers great opportunities for wildlife spotting. These spectacular forests are home to deer, racoon, bobcats, and other animals. Perhaps the biggest visual treat from your Stinson Beach vacation rental, however, is the sun rising over misty morning mountains and setting again in vibrant evening hues over the ocean.