If you’re looking for a beautiful spot near San Francisco to explore on a sunny day, Muir Beach is a wonderful option. The beach is popular with surfers, family picnickers, and hikers exploring the extensive trails nearby. During summertime, you will often find beachgoers using the established fire rings for barbecues and evening bonfires. If you’re looking for the perfect photo opportunity, be sure to check out Muir Beach Overlook which is only a short drive from the beach. The overlook provides expansive views of the Pacific Coast including the Point Reyes Peninsula. Visitors can also explore several historic base-end stations; observation posts that were part of the San Francisco Bay coastal defense system. Find more information about Muir Beach here: https://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/muirbeach.htm
After a leisurely shoreline stroll and sunbathing at Muir Beach, stop at the nearby Pelican Inn for a pint of cider and some hearty English country fare. The Pelican Inn is a rustic inn and restaurant which captures the spirit of 16th century England’s west country. The kitchen boasts hearty classics like shepherd’s pie, beef wellington, and—a customer favorite—fish and chips. The bar offers draught beers, fine ales, ciders, stouts, pilsners, and a range of wines, sherries, and ports. Enjoy your meal next to the inn’s cozy fireplace, or if the weather is nice bring a picnic blanket to spread on the lawn outside. Find more information about the Pelican Inn here: The Pelican Inn website
The Pelican Inn is open daily 11:30am-9pm
The hotel is located a short walk or hike from Muir Beach, and a few minutes drive from Muir Woods National Park. It is a 20 minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 1.
Directions from Golden Gate Bridge: Proceed north on Highway 101. After five minutes, take the Stinson Beach / Highway 1 exit in Mill Valley. After 2/3rds mile, turn left at the Arco Station (3rd light), staying on Hwy. 1. Drive about 15 minutes. At bottom of hill—after miles of wilderness—the Inn is the first building on the left.