Regardless of the weather, Rodeo Beach is always a favorite outing for our family. The beach is dog-friendly, with many dogs and owners enjoying the sand and surf. Signs indicate that dogs must always be in their owner’s control, but don’t actually specify that they must be on leash (although the National Park Service’s web site says that). From teeter-tottering by Rodeo Lagoon, picnicking on the beach, surfing in the waves, exploring the old concrete gun batteries on the cliffs or walking the winding paths with breath-taking views, there’s an activity for all ages and abilities. It’s the kind of place where I find myself taking a million pictures and feeling every one of them captures an incredibly wonderful image of nature.
The beach is handicapped accessible and there are lots of paths for visitors on wheels (bikes, wheelchairs, strollers, etc.). It’s free, no parking fees, and not usually very crowded. There are bathrooms across from the lagoon in one of the old Fort Cronkite buildings.
Where: Rodeo Beach, (at the end of Mitchell Road off of Bunker Road across from Fort Cronkite in the Marin Headlands) (Map)
Open year round