June 13, 2024

What to Do in Dillon Beach: Your Perfect Weekend Guide

Dillon Beach is a serene gem nestled along the Northern Marin coast, offering a range of activities to entertain and relax all kinds of visitors.

Discovering Dillon Beach Resort

Dillon Beach Resort, a family-owned haven, features primarily tiny homes for accommodation, making it perfect for solo travelers, families, and small groups. The Cypress Cottages and Coastal Cabins come with varied amenities and cater to different group sizes. The Cypress Cottage, for example, offers luxurious amenities for a comfortable stay.

Getting There and Settling In

Friday Daytime - Journey and Stops Along the Way

Start your weekend by journeying through picturesque towns and parks. A stop at Point Reyes Station for lunch at Side Street Kitchen, a visit to Cowgirl Creamery for artisanal cheeses, and coffee at Toby’s Coffee is a great way to begin. Continue to Point Reyes National Seashore via Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, with must-see stops including:

  • Point Reyes Shipwreck: Located near Inverness Store parking lot, best visited at low tide for safety.
  • Cypress Tunnel: A stunning canopy formed by cypress trees, perfect for photos and a peaceful walk.
  • Point Reyes Lighthouse: Offers amazing views despite closures due to COVID-19. Be sure to bring a jacket as it can be windy.

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Friday Evening - Arrival at Dillon Beach

Arrive at Dillon Beach via Highway 1 through Tomales. Check into Dillon Beach Resort around 4 pm, or enjoy some early beach time if you arrive sooner.

Resort Amenities and Dining

The resort features the Coastal Kitchen restaurant with dine-in and take-out options, and a General Store stocked with groceries, grab & go food, drinks, and other essentials. This makes it easy to have all you need without leaving the resort.

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Saturday - Exploring and Activities

Morning Delight

Begin your day with breakfast at Estero Cafe in Valley Ford, renowned for its bacon. For a side trip, consider visiting Bodega Bay.

Afternoon Beach Time

Acquire picnic supplies from the general store for a day at the beach. Whether you choose to walk or drive (parking fee applicable), spending time on the sand or in the waves is essential. Enjoy beach amenities and the ease of returning to your cozy cottage afterward.

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Relaxation and Exploration

Spend your afternoon exploring Tomales. A word of advice: plan for meals, as popular spots like Route One Bakery & Kitchen might be sold out of favorites like pizza slices.

Evening Activities

Return to the beach for a stunning sunset. Engage in the unique initiative to earn an ice cream cone by picking up trash on the beach, combining fun with a good cause.

Sunday - Departure and Scenic Routes

Decide between an early departure or soaking in one last beach moment before the 11 am checkout. On your way home, enjoy scenic routes via Highway 1, exploring spots like Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Muir Woods National Monument, or Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

What to Pack for Your Trip

Prepare for varying weather and activities with layers of clothing, warm jackets, sturdy shoes, water shoes or flip flops, toiletries, and beach attire like swimsuits, cover-ups, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Don’t forget beach gear such as an umbrella, chairs, blanket, towels, toys, cooler, and snacks.

Additionally, bringing cooking basics for cottage meals and entertainment like board games, puzzles, or books can enhance your stay.

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