Drake’s Beach, near the north end of the Point Reyes peninsula, is named for Francis Drake, who may have landed somewhere nearby in 1579. While there is no consensus about the landing point, many believe that Drake’s Estero, an estuary that feeds the bay, may be the most likely spot.
Compared to Limantour Beach to the south, Drake’s Beach is is chill and blustery. It’s not especially good for lounging, beachcombing, or tide pooling, but it is a beautiful beach, which provides access to the estero.
Near the estero, the cliffs and sands give way to dunes and beach grasses.
By the mouth of the estero birds congregate.
Returning to the parking area in the late afternoon, sunlight glints off the sand.
These photos are from my Drake’s Beach flickr set, where higher resolution versions and more views can be seen.