Tomales Bay State Park

Marin County

Past the town of Inverness, Pierce Point Rd splits off to the right from Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Drive along it to find this small park, which has picnicking and a pretty swimming beach on the bay, aptly called Heart's Desire.

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