The North Bay’s Hidden Gem: Stinson Beach

May 6, 2012 9:26 PM

Stinson Beach.

Stinson Beach is just 20 miles north of San Francisco. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, head out Highway 1, and you’re there. Enjoy the water, go kayaking, hang glide, hike, or just browse the local shops, bars and restaurants just footsteps away from the beach. Go for the day, or stay overnight. This hidden beach town has everything you need for some fun in the sun.

San Francisco Hang Gliding Center

Need a short cut from Mount Tamalpais to Stinson Beach? San Francisco Hang Gliding Center will get you there in 10 to 30 minutes depending on the wind. No experience necessary. Call for bookings and information.

Thuy’s Pick: Gerard’s Paella

Gerard Nebeski is known as the ‘Prince of Paella’. He’ll bring all the ingredients and make a great paella for you — individually, or for your party to create a truly memorable culinary event. You can book him for your event online, or call for more information.

Sand Dollar Restaurant
3458 California 1
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
(415) 868-0434

The historic Sand Dollar Restaurant offers lunch, dinner and catering. Many locals consider it the best bar in Stinson Beach. In addition to good food, there’s always good music on tap — from Bluegrass on Sundays to Jazz weekdays.

Liam’s Pick: Parkside Café
43 Arenal Avenue
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
(415) 868-1272

The slogan at the Parkside Café is ‘eat well and be happy.’ Here, you’ll find classic Cal cuisine. Breakfast, a favorite among locals, is served until 2. Try Liam’s favorite — the Benedict Arnold with BBQ pork.

Seadrift Realty Vacation Rentals
Seadrift Realty
2 Dipsea RD.
Stinson Beach, CA 94970

Call Seadrift Realty to reserve your beach house… for a week, a summer or a lifetime. Vacation rentals range from luxury ocean front homes to moderately priced sea drift and lagoon homes.

The Sandpiper Lodging at the Beach
1 Marine Way
PO Box 208
Stinson Beach, CA 94970

The Sandpiper Lodging at the Beach is just a block from the sand and water, and a block from restaurants and other amenities.

Breakers Café
3465 Hwy 1
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
(415) 868-2002

Breakers Café serves breakfast and lunch all day every day, with counter service and plenty of tables both inside and outside. Here, you’ll find Classic American food served with a Latin twist. Rent the café and book your own private party.

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.

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