When people think of the sweeping coastlines, rocky shores, sparkling waters and postcard views, it’s West Marin they are undoubtedly picturing. This naturally spectacular, peaceful and picturesque region encompasses a wide variety of topographies, from coastal landscapes to ridge tops to rural land dotted with dairy farms. It is also a haven for a diversity of wildlife, including gray whales, tule elk, elephant seals, bobcats, foxes and numerous types of birds. Almost the entirety of West Marin, including the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is protected land.
Along this idyllic stretch are quaint and gorgeous coastal towns that captivate all the way to the Marin/Sonoma County border and unveil dramatic cliffs and sumptuous beaches. Head east and the inland towns of Nicasio, Woodacre, Forest Knolls, San Geronimo and Lagunitas await with their redwood forests, vast grasslands and rolling hills.
The area’s natural beauty, rural, relaxed way of life and easy access to the city—even at Point Reyes Station, you’re still just 30 miles from San Francisco—make West Marin one of the most coveted spots in the bay, and more than residents have noticed. Movoto named Marin County the No. 1 county in California to live.