Bolinas Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 84%Adventure Travelers
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I don't know if I just went to the wrong part of Bolinas, but I found this small town both run down and creepy. The trip seemed promising: the views from San Francisco to Bolinas along the coast were beautiful, and I still recommend the winding (and sometimes treacherous) drive. And everything about this town being hidden and exclusive is true - there was no sign directing visitors into Bolinas, so you have to rely on your GPS. But the allure of this "mysterious community" ends there. In town, there really isn't a whole lot to see. The main street is quite polluted, the buildings are run down, restaurants are few and far between, and yet the small number of touristy shops have overpriced items as if it were a huge day trip mecca. We went to the "beach," which was a cement block that dropped off suddenly into the water. After walking around the town for all of 45 minutes (which was really more than enough time it took to see everything), we drove a little farther from town to see if we had missed anything, and we found some expensive looking modern homes with multiple "NO TRESPASSING" signs thrown around their yard and random sculptures scattered along the street. I get that Bolinas is a bit of an artists colony, but the hostility it gives off and the lack of anything really to do in town makes you wonder what exactly they're hiding anyway.Recommended for:
- BolinasMember ofLocal CultureAdventure Travelers
Bolinas is a hidden little gem of a beach town just north of San Francisco. The locals, fiercely protective of their slice of NorCal paradise, have actually removed the road signs for Bolinas a number of times just to keep the rockin' surf and beautiful beach a secret as long as they can.Recommended for:
- BolinasMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsWellness+ 4
Why does everyone go to Stinson Beach or Point Reyes instead of Bolinas? Oh, right. Because the folks of Bolinas like it to stay that way. :) My surfing instructor friend introduced me to Bolinas, and its charming neo-hippiedom. It's upscale laidback, with a gorgeous beach filled with happy surfers surfing gentle waves. Just try to be stressed out here. I dare you.
- BolinasMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersFoodies+ 4
Low key coastal village in Marin county which has not fallen victim to commercialism. Apparently the locals keep tearing down road signs to stave off the tourists and preserve the low key vibe. Clearly they did not account for Gogobot.