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Guesthouse in Stinson Beach
Beach View at the Bird’s Nest Bungalow
Relaxing refuge set on a lush hillside in the quiet seaside town of Stinson Beach. Feel transported by the Asian inspired design and tranquil outdoor shower and soaking tub. Indulge in treetop ocean views from the comfort of a queen bed, and watch the sun set from the privacy of a wooden deck. Walk only five minutes to three miles of perfect beach. It's worth the journey down through the trees on uneven stone stairs and very steep wooden stairs to find yourself transported away from it all. A comfortable queen bed with plenty of pillows affords the perfect sitting spot to look out through the branches of the treetops at the ocean. The small kitchen area has all you need for simple cooking. You'll find extra blankets in the closet behind an antique Japanese room screen while the new handcrafted shoji screen conceals the toilet and bathroom sink. The outside shower is exhilarating (and for the adventurous in the rain and winter) while the soaking tub is beyond relaxing while looking at the ocean watching the sky change colors at sunset. Ahhhhh. Good WiFi, flashlights for night walking, aromatherapy for fully relaxing, eye masks for sleeping in! I like to give my guests total privacy, but I’m always available if needed. ( text is easiest) Stinson Beach is a quiet seaside town popular for its calm surf, smooth sand, and miles of mountain trails. The beach bungalow set on the hillside with wooden and stone stairs to arrive. Worth the trek, but if you have a bad knee, a tricky ankle or a hitch in your get-along, this is not the property for you. A car is recommended for day trips to Muir Woods, the Point Reyes National Seashore, Mt Tamalpais, a ferry ride to San Francisco and shopping in Sausalito. The Marin Airporter will get you from SFO to Mill Valley and then you can hop on the Stage Coach to town. (See Marin Transit Website). The Stage will take you in and around Marin County. However the best way to get around our small beach town is to park the car and walk. Our tiny town has three restaurants, one with fresh baked bread and take out, a library, bookstore , surf shop, kayak and surf rental shop, photography gallery, upcycled denim and hand dyed clothing shop, art galleries, jewelry, flower shop, and more. The Stinson Beach Market has all you'll need for a weekend getaway. You'll want to take a long or short hike on the beautifully maintained hiking trails of the Matt Davis or Steep Ravine and stroll the three miles of perfect sand of one of the best beaches in Northern California. You can surf, boogie board, paddle board, kite sail, or just plain put your feet in the water and marvel at the wonder of the ocean. Whether it's mountain or sea it's all about nature here in our coastal town. Guests must be realistic about climbing stairs. If you have a trick knee, an ankle that aches, or a hitch in your get-along, this is not the place you'll want to be.
$210 per night
Guesthouse in Stinson Beach
Studio at Surfers Outlook
Located on the hill in Stinson Beach, this tidy studio is just a short walk down to town and the beach. Filled with the sound of the ocean, and close to the many hiking trails on Mt. Tam, the studio has a full kitchen and bath, and unobstructed panoramic views. The minimum stay is normally 7 days, but if there is a break between longer rentals, I will open the calendar to shorter stays of 3 to 6 nights. Note: 31 day stays have a 10% discount and are exempt from the 14% short term rental tax.
$215 per night
Home in Stinson Beach
Luxury and Design- 200 ft or 1 min walk to beach
Enjoy nature & great design in one gorgeous location. We are 200 ft from beach. Rentals usually have 6 nt min stay (generally Fri check-in/Th check-out, except for Thanksgiving & off season) as reflected in our calendar. Longer stays possible, but check out must be on Thursday. Sorry if this doesn’t fit your schedule, but this maximizes accessibility to all potential guests. Occasionally, we have a last minute deal (LMD) with shorter stays. Let us know if you want to be added to the LMD list.
$575 per night

Stay near Stinson Beach's top sights

Parkside Cafe26 locals recommend
Breakers Café11 locals recommend
The Siren Canteen15 locals recommend
Sand Dollar Restaurant23 locals recommend
Stinson Beach Market11 locals recommend
Matt Davis Trail Head4 locals recommend

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Your guide to Stinson Beach

Welcome to Stinson Beach

Of the many wonders tucked along California’s shockingly pretty and serpentine Highway 1, Stinson Beach is undoubtedly one of the most charming. A classic Northern California beach town, this enclave is made up of a collection of wind-sanded wooden buildings clustered on either side of the highway that supply what you need, including surf rentals, decadent bowls of clam chowder, and piping hot coffee.

A short walk from the town center leads to the big sandy beach, where a cute snack shack dishes out twirly soft serve and salty fries. On hot days, the beach is a magnet for sun worshippers. On the frequent foggy days, it’s a dramatically scenic spot best suited for restorative walks or wave-gazing from the warmth of a blanket. While you could easily spend a whole vacation tucked away in Stinson Beach, the town is an ideal base for exploring beautiful Marin County, including the Point Reyes National Seashore and Tomales Bay, and for sampling supremely fresh fare produced by the many local farms.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Stinson Beach

Aim for summer or the beginning of fall if you want to maximize your chances of warm beach days. On truly hot days, the town and beach come alive with people taking advantage of the weather. Stinson Beach is subject to the Bay Area’s famous microclimates, which means you may be in for fog or wind any time of year. Fall and winter are cool and cloudy, but the landscape is still dreamy and the local towns just as picturesque, so plan on jacketed hikes followed by browsing in the shops and sampling the local food.

Top things to do in Stinson Beach

The Dipsea Trail

You can hop on the trailhead right in town for this popular hike. Stretching from Stinson Beach to Mill Valley in the east, it slices through two major parks — Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Muir Woods National Monument. You can choose your own adventure, opting for a many-miles hike or a short out-and-back. Either way, you’ll be treated to a combination of coastal views and inland portions shaded by towering trees, some navigated via rustic wooden staircases.


A day trip to this quirky town is worth the trouble, especially for surfing enthusiasts. Once you see the secluded beach and wander around the small but characterful town center — home to a saloon that is reportedly the oldest continually operating one on the West Coast — you’ll understand why residents have long preferred to keep it a secret.

Audubon Canyon Ranch

A former dairy farm, this 5,000-acre wilderness encompasses four distinct preserves that are home to sandy beaches, mudflats, pine forests, grassland, and many other landscapes. Its bird and animal residents include gray foxes, bobcats, golden eagles, ospreys, and harbor seals. Join a nature hike to learn more about the local ecosystems, or just hop on one of the trails and revel in Marin’s coastal beauty.

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