Point Reyes National Seashore is a magnificent stretch of land in Northern California where ocean waves crash against sandy beaches nestled below rolling green hills. In Point Reyes, you can hike to a coastal waterfall, witness the grey whale migration, and see some pretty epic sunsets. In between all of this adventuring you can indulge in oysters farmed from Tomales Bay, have a picnic at Cowgirl Creamery, or enjoy a matcha while strolling through Point Reyes Station.
Most visitors to San Francisco overlook, or don’t even know about, Point Reyes. Sites like Muir Woods, Napa Valley, and Lake Tahoe taking precedence on itineraries. Hell, I grew up in the Bay Area and only became aware of Point Reyes in recent years.
Many people visit Point Reyes as a road trip from nearby cities and towns. However, to properly explore the best things to do in Point Reyes, it’s best to make it a weekend getaway.
By staying in, or near, Point Reyes you’ll be able to maximize your time exploring popular destinations along the Point Reyes peninsula.
In this post, I’ll share with you where to stay in Point Reyes for every budget and travel style.
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Where is Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes is located in Marin County 30 miles, or an hour, north of San Francisco. The drive from San Francisco generally takes about 1 hour to reach Point Reyes Station and another 30-45 minutes to reach your destination on the peninsula.
There are a few towns that border or are within Point Reyes: Olema, Inverness and Point Reyes Station. Each with great places to stay!
If you don’t want to stay in one of these towns because you want to be closer to the highway for a longer road trip, consider Stinson Beach or Bodega Bay along highway 1, or Petaluma, Fairfax, or Novato.
Where to Stay in Point Reyes
Best Hotels & B&Bs in Point Reyes
There are a number of beautiful hotels and charming B&Bs located in Point Reyes and in neighboring towns. However, there are a few that are currently closed due to renovations such as Manka’s Inverness House and Old Druid’s Hall. As soon as those are up and running, I’ll let you know!
If you’re in search of a boutique hotel accommodation, look no further than Olema House. One the best luxury hotels on the California coast. One of their 22 stylish rooms is the perfect place to recharge after a day spent in Point Reyes.
Olema House is nestled just off the road at the junction of Sir Francis Drake Blvd and Highway 1, making it a great base for your weekend getaway.
Just across the street is Due West Market where you can pick up snacks to bring with you into Point Reyes. There is also Due West Tavern for a fine dining meal when you return before cozying up in your comfortable room.
Immerse yourself in nature while being steps away from the village of Inverness at Motel Inverness. Located directly on the shores of beautiful Tomales Bay, Motel Inverness allows you to experience a break from the noise and relish in the sounds of nature.
The motel offers 7 rooms ranging from small twin bed rooms to large suites equipped with a kitchen and balcony. As such, the prices range fairly widely depending on the room you desire and availability.
A two night minimum stay is required.
Point Reyes Station Inn
Located a short walk to the restaurants and shops of Point Reyes Station and a quick 15 minute drive to the best things to do in Point Reyes is Point Reyes Inn.
This charming bed and breakfast has three upstairs rooms each with a private balcony and large windows to soak in the views of Point Reyes. Plus there are gorgeous skylights where you may catch a shooting star before you drift off into sleep.
Did I mention that each room also has a fireplace?
With its location and amenities Point Reyes Inn is one of the best places to stay for a fair price!
Hi Point Reyes Hostel
Do you want to actually stay in Point Reyes National Seashore without camping? HI Point Reyes Hostel is the only lodging property located within the bounds of the seashore.
Located just a 5 minute walk to Limantour Beach, and one of my favorite hikes in Point Reyes, you really can’t beat the location of this hostel.
While this hostel has traditional bunk rooms, up to 10, and private vacation rentals with fully equipped kitchens, due to COVID it is only accepting vacation rentals. For the solo traveler, this puts a normally budget friendly hostel way out of range. However, if you have a large group and are splitting the cost of accommodation, this may be the way to go!
The three simple, yet beautiful, rooms at Osprey Peak B&B welcome you for a weekend of rest and relaxation after exploring Point Reyes. This Inn is located on a private road ½ mile up from Tomales Bay in Inverness.
The remote location is perfect for solo travelers or couples in need of respite from city life as there is no cell phone reception or television in the rooms. However, WiFi is available.
Each morning, you’ll be served a locally sourced breakfast to fuel you for the day’s adventures.
A two night minimum stay is required.
Black Heron Inn
Want to enjoy your morning coffee and continental breakfast on your private deck overlooking Tomales Bay and Inverness Ridge after a restful night of sleep in a cozy king bed for a reasonable price?
Black Heron Inn is the place for you! This three bedroom home is located in Point Reyes Station which offers plenty to explore just out your door.
Your privacy begins before you even arrive as each room’s entrance is set up for maximum seclusion and there is a self check in process. If you need a place of serenity, while still being close to delicious food, book with the Black Heron Inn.
Cozy Cottages in Point Reyes
Cottages at Point Reyes Seashore
The Cottages at Point Reyes Seashore offer a comfortable stay for families and couples. The family-friendly suites come equipped with a fireplace for those cool mornings and evenings. With enough windows to make you feel as if you’re still outside, while being nice and warm inside!
The grounds also offer a swimming pool and hot tub to ease your muscles after a challenging Point Reyes hike.
While not within walking distance to any shops or restaurants, it’s only a short drive to the town of Inverness or Point Reyes Station. However, most people who stay here are in Point Reyes to explore the outdoors. If that’s you, this is the perfect place to stay in Point Reyes!
A two night minimum stay is required.
This super cute bungalow style home is located in Point Reyes Station, just minutes from great restaurants and shops. This is a great place to stay in Point Reyes for families as there are two bedrooms, one bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen.
With the Serene Bungalow as your base, you’ll be able to quickly access beautiful hikes, leisurely walks, and expansive beaches in Point Reyes National Seashore. Upon return from your days adventures, you’ll be able to relax and recharge for the next!
Olema Cottages offers four beautifully appointed guest rooms with luxurious beds, country views, and private patios. Ranging from $230-$270 per night these luxurious cottages are filled with light, space, and everything you need for a relaxing getaway.
Located in Olema Valley, the village of Olema is a two minute walk from your Olema cottage where you can find a few places to eat and small shops. The cottages are also located a ½ mile from the entrance of Point Reyes National Seashore and very close to the Bear Valley Visitor Center and Bear Valley trailhead.
At times a three night minimum stay is required.
Campsites in Point Reyes
If you want to stay in Point Reyes National Seashore your only two options are the Hostel or camping. Campsites in Point Reyes are run by the National Park Service. Point Reyes only offers hike-in or boat-in camping, if that’s not for you consider one of the other accommodation options in this post.
Each hike-in campground has vault toilets, a water faucet, and picnic tables. While the water is potable, it’s important to still bring a water treatment system just in case.
Wood or charcoal fires are prohibited at most, if not all, campgrounds. Be sure to check before lighting a fire. Gas stoves are allowed.
To reserve a Point Reyes campsite, visit Recreation.gov.
For all details on Point Reyes campgrounds, visit this site.
There are 12 campsites at Coast campground which is nestled in a valley in between Limantour Beach and Sculptured Beach. The shortest hike to access the campground is from the Laguna Trailhead (1.8 miles).
Wildcat Campground offers 8 campsites and is situated on a bluff overlooking the beach. It’s not well protected from the wind, but it is a beautiful place to camp. From this campsite you could walk to the stunning Alamere Falls.
The hike for this campground begins at either the Palomarin trailhead (5.5 miles) or the Bear Valley Trailhead (6.3 miles).
If you want sweeping views of Point Reyes Seashore, secure a permit at one of the 12 campsites at Sky Campground. It’s a “brief” 1.4 mile hike uphill to the campground from the Sky trailhead.
To access the beach below, it’s a steep 4 mile hill down and incline on the way back up!
If you want to camp in Point Reyes, but don’t want to contend with coastal winds, consider Glen Campground. It’s set deep in a wooded valley, and a roughly three mile hike to the nearest beach.