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At the Beach in “Funky Town” – Bolinas, California

Posted by Jody on February 9, 2012

Bolinas, California (©Jody Diehl)

I have to admit, the moment Greg and I entered the little unincorporated community of Bolinas, California, the lyrics to the song “Funky Town” ran through my mind.  It kept playing and playing, all the way to the beach.  (There it is again!)

Won’t you take me to
Won’t you take me to
Won’t you take me to
Won’t you take me to
Funkytown ~ Lyrics by Steven Greenberg ~Thanks a lot! 😉

If you are in the area, then Bolinas Beach is a must-do stop in my book!  About 30 miles north of San Francisco, off of State Route 1, this beach is jam-packed with personality (personalities, rather)! You’ll see surfers galore, paddle boarders, splashers, and sunbathers.  The Bolinas townsfolk are as eclectic a bunch as you’ll ever see, and many of them are at the beach.  The day we were there, a disheveled man raced past us in the current, heading out to sea from the direction of Bolinas Lagoon. His vessel? Some sort of tiny, makeshift raft, complete with an umbrella set up as a mast. Shortly thereafter, he returned to the shore, soaking wet and on foot, still wearing his leather jacket. His hat was still securely tied onto his head with what appeared to be a white gym sock. We will never know what final destination he had in mind!

Do yourself a favor and set aside some time to watch the surfers at Bolinas Beach.  Better yet, take a surf lesson! The views here are amazing, and the beachcombing is fantastic! We found everything from Giant Rock Scallops and colorful sea glass to beautifully bored mudstone.

Bolinas Beach Treasures (©Jody Diehl)

By the way, be sure to have a good map or GPS.  Bolinas is not signed from State Route 1. The scuttlebutt is that the locals take those pesky things down.

~We took Olema-Bolinas Road and followed through to Wharf Road. Parking was limited at the end of the street.

Have a great day at the beach!

Won’t you take me to
Won’t you take me to


5 Responses to “At the Beach in “Funky Town” – Bolinas, California”

  1. nutsfortreasure said

    LOVE IT!!!!

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