Set near the tip of the Marin Headlands is Rodeo Beach, a narrow strip of pebbly sand dividing the Pacific Ocean from the brackish waters of Rodeo Lagoon. On closer inspection you may notice the sand contains weather-worn particles of red jasper, greenstone and orange chalcedony from the adjacent cliffs.
Rodeo Beach is quite a popular family beach and there are some basic facilities. You can also bring the dog. The beach is also a well known local surf spot.
There’s plenty for wildlife lovers at Rodeo Beach. As well as being home to the California Marine Mammal Center the beach has a host of resident birdlife. The lagoon is home to tufted and harlequin ducks along with visiting pelicans. Whilst the arched bulk of Bird Island, just off the shore, is a spring breeding ground for various seabirds.
Type of beach
Sand and pebbles
- Wheelchair accessible
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