Kayak camping keeps you off your feet and offers a chance to escape it all
In my opinion, Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California easily wins as the most likely coastline on Earth to inspire poetry. But landlubbers get only a small peek at the goods. The real magic of this 80-mile stretch is on the waters of Tomales Bay, where sea lions nudge your hull, and bioluminescent microbes can transform the waters into an Avatar-like wonder. Whatever shore in the West you choose, though, kayak camping is in certain ways easier than hauling a pack along a trail while still giving you access to otherwise inaccessible beaches. By day, you can paddle beneath water birds and above marine life. By night, you can sleep on a deserted stretch of sand that beats any rocky patch of dirt. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro. “Kayak camping is safe even for beginners,” says Dallas Smith, operations manager and guide at Blue Waters Kayaking in Point Reyes. Here’s your plan for getting out there.