Stinson Beach

  • Swimming
  • Beach Wheelchair
  • Picnic


  • Roll In Shower
  • Picnic
  • Food
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking
  • Swimming
  • Beach Wheelchair


1 Calle Del Sierra, Stinson Beach, CA,
San Francisco Bay Area
Info: (415) 868-1922
Entrance gates open at 9 am and close at various times depending on the season.
On leash
Dogs are allowed on leash in the parking lot, picnic areas, and on the county beach (north of the northernmost parking lot); they are not allowed on the National Park Service section of the beach.
Last Reviewed:
April 2017
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Stinson Beach and its 3.5 miles of sandy oceanfront are very popular during summer. Part of the beach is maintained by the National Park Service, which provides volleyball equipment free of charge, runs a snack bar (open in summer) through a concessionaire, and staffs several lifeguard towers between late May and mid-September. A wooden path with a large viewing deck leads over 100 feet to the high tide line. 

For a great view of the beach in a partially enclosed deck, head over to the Siren Canteen at the base of the main lifeguard tower. The path up to the café is steeper than 1:12 (the ratio of a ramp that meets accessibility codes) but it is easily manageable in a motorized wheelchair; there is very limited accessible seating at the tables.

Across the entrance road from the central parking lot, a short path and bridge over a creek leads to a snack bar and restaurant, and, one block east, to the town's shops, restaurants, galleries, and small grocery store. There are no sidewalks and many of the businesses have steps.


The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm;

The park has three paved lots that all have designated accessible spaces. The center lot is the closest to the beach access ramp. Due to major storms in 2018 the north lot is ttemporarily closed.

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – Central parking lot, Accessible restrooms and changing rooms are by the central and northernmost parking lots; the northernmost one is only open during summer. Both restrooms have a changing bench: the central one has a wider bench.

Beach Wheelchair:
Yes – Two beach wheelchairs (not self-operated) are available to loan for free. Advance arrangements are suggested since you will need an access code for the locker where they are stored; adjacent to the accessible parking spaces in the center lot, and cell reception at the beach may be limited. Reserve by calling the accessibility program manager at 415-561-4958. If you haven't made a reservation and a lifeguard is on duty (May to mid-September), they may be able to retrieve it. Beach chairs can only be used while visiting Stinson Beach, NPS property, and they cannot be taken away from the park to use elsewhere.

Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance

Additional Information:

If you're planning to drive to Stinson Beach, consider taking the Panoramic Highway as an alternative to Highway 1. This is an exhilarating ride: The road climbs and winds along the side of Mount Tamalpais, through rolling meadows and forest, then descends steeply into Stinson Beach. The views are so breathtaking it's hard to keep your eyes on the road.

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