Natural beauty is abundant throughout Marin County, which offers some of the most diverse nature spots in California.
A bustling seaside paradise in the San Francisco Bay area.
Home to 260,000 people along the Pacific Coast, Marin County provides an incredible lifestyle for those seeking the perfect blend of the outdoors, family-friendly villages, and the bustling atmosphere of the easily accessible San Francisco to the south. Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County offers stunning seaside views in a hip, suburban area, offering everything you could want in a neighborhood and so much more.
Natural beauty is abundant throughout Marin County, which offers some of the most diverse nature spots in California. White-sand beaches, humongous redwoods, and sprawling, verdant meadows make up the terrain of Marin County. Access the beach, remote hiking spots, and downtown San Francisco all in one day.
• Abundant outdoor opportunities, like Muir Woods National Monument, home of the redwoods
• The perfect Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights
• Made up of 13 small towns and 14 villages, providing a small community feel within a larger neighborhood
Residents of Marin County enjoy the best of both worlds. From perfect weather and abundant outdoor activities to living near the beach and the mountains, Marin County offers something for all interests. The area is family-friendly and community-centric: residents look out for each other and organize events to benefit their citizens and neighborhoods.
There are excellent schools in the area and dozens of museums and educational opportunities for all ages, like the Intergenerational Center and the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. Residents and tourists of Marin County enjoy a higher quality of life and appreciate the generous opportunities to relax, learn and grow in a supportive and engaged community.
When it comes to dining, fresh seafood is what Marin County is all about. Enjoy delicious seafood along the water at Salito's Crab House, a community favorite since the 1970s. They offer signature dishes, like a whole-roasted Dungeness crab or crab chowder with freshly made beignets and signature cocktails. Take your meal to the patio for an al fresco Richardson Bay experience.
Hog Island Oyster Company’s team of marine biologists, oyster farmers, chefs, and restaurateurs carry titles like “Department of People” and “Oyster Fairy,” and their mission statement is “Live to Shuck. Shuck to live.” This unique restaurant and business have over 160 acres of intertidal lands in Tomales Bay, where they harvest 5 million oysters and clams each year. At the farm in Marshall, they offer The Boat Oyster Bar (a full-service outdoor restaurant and cafe) and the Hog Shack, a retail space with merchandise for sale.
To experience fresh, local ingredients in a rustic lodge setting, head to Buckeye Roadhouse for the best contemporary American fare with a California twist. Their menu offers a wood-grilled chili-lime chicken with cilantro creme fraiche and turkey bolognese, but don’t leave without trying their signature butterscotch creme brulee for dessert!
If you’re looking to spend the day shopping, visit The Village at Corte Madera, an open-air shopping center with popular stores like Macy’s, Apple, Nordstrom, lululemon, and Restoration Hardware’s new 3-story store with rooftop dining. They offer special events, like car shows, fashion shows, and drive-in movies at the Lark Theater.
For craft booths, good music, and even better food, the annual Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival has been a staple of Marin County since 1973. The festival features more than 25 different wineries, barbecued oysters, clam chowder, and dozens of unique food trucks. Originally a celebration of the start of salmon season, the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival has expanded to include wooden boat challenges and boat races, live entertainment on multiple stages, and kid-friendly activities like face painting and llamas on parade. The festival begins with the annual Blessing of the Fishing Fleet on the first day, where numerous boats parade out of the harbor. The festival is also completely operated by volunteers and donations, proving the dedication and commitment of Marin County citizens.
Stroll among the redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument on Mount Tamalpais in southwestern Marin County. Named after the acclaimed outdoorsman John Muir, the park protects 554 acres of old growth redwood trees. In 1908, the land was declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. Visitors can explore the redwoods, learn about the flora and fauna of the area and hike an easy two-mile loop through the woods. Muir Woods National Monument sees over 6,000 visitors per day and offers ranger-led activities throughout the year.
Known as one of the best swimming beaches in Marin County, Stinson Beach is the place to go to escape everyday life. The beach offers hiking, volleyball, fishing, and surfing opportunities, and the white sands and clear water makes for stunning and relaxing views. The beach is open daily, though we recommend you arrive early to ensure ample parking or take Marin County public transit. Amenities include restrooms and a snack bar, and the beach is also dog-friendly, so bring the whole family for a relaxing escape to Stinson Beach!
There are several notable high-achieving schools in Marin County. A few includes:
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