Highlights: This crescent-shaped cove tucked into the coast three miles west of Muir Woods has a lagoon and sandy beach with lots of privacy. Monarch butterflies, salmon and frogs can be seen in the marsh; other wildlife includes fox, birds, deer and coyotes. The waves are good for boogie-boarders and kayakers, and fish are plentiful. The northernmost end is a clothing-optional area.
Parking: Free parking lot available
Dogs: Permitted on the beach and some trails
Facilities: Restrooms and visitor amenities near the parking lot
Food: Pelican Inn is less than half a mile northeast
Directions: Take Highway One exit off 101 and continue on Highway One to Muir Beach.