“Watch out for the sharks”
Stinson Beach is about a 35-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge on California's Highway 1. It is near important attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, and Mount Tamalpais. It has a long beach, where the cold water promotes fog throughout the year. Stinson Beach is a popular day trip for people in the San Francisco Bay Area and for tourists visiting northern California. Although most visitors arrive by private car, Stinson Beach is linked to Marin City by a daily bus service, and the network of hiking trails around Mount Tamalpais also reaches the town. The beach is one of the cleanest in the state, and sandy, unlike the rockier neighboring beach in Bolinas. In the shadow of Marin County's Mt. Tamalpais, Stinson Beach is a spot where great white sharks swim into the shallows. Patric Douglas, owner of Shark Diver, an ocean guiding outfit in San Francisco, said he has sighted them at Stinson — which is a neighboring stretch of sand east from Bolinas Beach (No. 3 on the list)— in less than 20 feet of water. "They're coming to feed on seals, though it's not uncommon for surfers to see them," he said.
This was an adorable spot. Its tiny. And I mean tiny. It's old and could use some obvious remodels in certain areas. HOWEVER, this little motel sits in a town with a resident number of less than 500 people. It's a basic quirky little beach town motel. The sheets and bedding were clean and smelled good, the towels were pearly white, and the guy who checked us in (presumably the owner) was super nice. Theres a nice restaurant and full bar right next door, a general store with wine and liquor a block down, and the beach is literally 2 blocks. Do not check in here expecting mints on your pillow and a concierge. The carpet was stained and the bathroom could use new grouting but none of which bothered me. It was quiet, had small motion lights around after dark, and I didn't have any fear of being robbed or bringing home cockroaches. My only complaint really was that the TV either had movies I had to pay for or the weather channel and literally no other channels. But when I laid down with all the windows open and realized I could hear the waves crash I didn't even care about that! It's a little pricey for its simplicity but I wanted a bar and the beach so it was perfect!
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