Marin County Points of Interest

Stinson Beach Much of Stinson Beach is located on a strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and Bolinas Lagoon which is visible at the top right in the photograph.

Stinson Beach Lifeguard Tower Stinson Beach Lifeguard Tower

The surf is within an area known as the Red Triangle, because of the high number of shark attacks.

Photos 27 April 2022
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Stinson Beach
Founded 1866

Nathan H. Stinson bought land here in 1866.

In 1870, after a road was built from Sausalito, a tent settlement named Willow Camp sprang up. The Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railway opened in 1896. Visitors could ride the train to West Point Inn and then hike or take a stagecoach to the beach.

In 1906, refugees from the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire built some of the area's first businesses. In 1916, Willow Camp was renamed Stinson Beach, and the first post office opened.

In 1977, Stinson Beach was transferred to the National Park Service.

On the second Sunday of June, the town serves as the ending point for the annual running of the Dipsea Race, the second-oldest footrace in the U.S.

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