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Garden by the sea

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· Bolinas, California
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1 Tent
A large flowery lot home of a landscape painter and a musician. Very quiet within one block of cliff-side ocean view. A 15-20 minute walk or a few minute drive to the beach. Pitch your tent in a pretty private flower garden in a charming coastal town less than an hour from San Francisco. The site is surrounded by state and national parks accommodating many recreational activities. We have added an outdoor shower and a place to store surfboards.   Brighton and Wharf Rd. Beach are both good surfing spots.
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Bolinas, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Judy And Dale M.Joined in May 2017
Response time: Within 24 hours
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222 ratings · 165 reviews
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Megan T.recommends
November 27, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Very friendly hosts! We loved Bolinas, such a unique town! Plenty of hiking trails all around and beaches are beautiful. We liked the privacy of this site and the accommodations. Would recommend!
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Ivan C.recommends
October 30, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Loved Bolinas. Site was quiet. Garden a bit out season at end October . Lovely hosts with good local knowledge. Pleasant walk into town
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Nicolas L.recommends
October 24, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Outside stay at its best!
Great, simple and lovely spot. Judy and Dale are very welcoming and lovely to talk to. I loved the calmness of the place and the short walking distances to the coast. Bolinas is such an interesting and peaceful place. I travel without a car, so I had a pretty basic setup. Tent, matress, sleeping bag, little bit of camping supplies. The setup for that was ideal. Portapotti and non heated garden shower can be challenging in colder mornings/nights, but once the sun is up, everything turns to a beautiful retreat.
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Trevor P.recommends
October 5, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Very quaint little spot and very tucked away and private. I got there pretty much the same time as Dale and he was telling me about the town and some great local spots for coffee and groceries.
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Robert W.recommends
September 26, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Judy and Dale had a great spot in their Garden to set up my tent.
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Chelsea G.recommends
September 12, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Private area to pitch a tent, and was sheltered from the wind. The porta potty is in “aire libre”. 30 minute beautiful walk to downtown. Saw Dale play a live concert, which was pretty sweet! Both Judy and Dale were super helpful and offered tons of suggestions. Can’t wait to visit again and take a surf lesson.
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Doug G.recommends
September 4, 2022
Garden by the Sea
An oasis so close!
Judy was so sweet and helpful and super accommodating as we had forgotten to bring the ground tent: Judy totally went the extra yard and found an alternative site which really worked great for us. Her property is wonderful and you really feel a million miles away from the Labor Day weekend of insanity in Stinson!
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Keenan Z.recommends
August 29, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Lovely Garden near the beach
My brother and I really enjoyed camping in Judy and Dale's garden! It's in a great location, about a 15 minute walk from tidepools at Agate beach, and about a 25min walk to the lil 'downtown' Bolinas, where there are some cute cafes. We had great waves surfing at Bolinas beach too. The garden itself is great, tons of flowers, blackberries, and birds (including quails!)
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Terri L.recommends
August 26, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Judy and Dale’s space was charming and private. We loved the entrance, like entering a magic garden! They are excellent hosts, both knowledgeable about the area and have delightful tips for things to do. I will come back!
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Kat E.recommends
August 17, 2022
Garden by the Sea
"Garden by the Sea"
An idyllic piece of land situated in beautiful Bolinas, Judy and Dale's fairytale property was exactly what I was looking for in my first Hipcamp experience: a restful, rejuvenating respite among nature. As a woman traveling alone, I felt completely safe on the peaceful property, surrounded by flowers, hummingbirds, and honeybees. Judy and Dale were friendly, respectful, and knowledgable, with helpful suggestions and recommendations for the local area. Hiking, surfing, fishing, MTB - this gorgeous corner of Marin County is an outdoor sports enthusiast's paradise, and a nature lover's dream. I was also able to catch one of Judy's inspiring art shows at the gallery in downtown Bolinas, and enjoyed listening to Dale's lovely clarinet playing as I packed up the campsite on a Sunday morning. Be sure to check out the delicious Coast Cafe, which often features live music, while you are there; the walk into town along the coast is just beautiful. I hope to return to this incredibly special place in the near future.
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Dakota R.recommends
August 4, 2022
Garden by the Sea
I loved staying at the garden by the sea! The garden you get to camp in is so beautiful with lots of flowers and berries and the instructions were perfectly clear for arriving. All the beaches are also very close by and pretty. Judy and Dale were also very helpful by giving us plenty of recommendations for the Bolinas plus surrounding areas!
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Erik C.recommends
July 31, 2022
Garden by the Sea
super quiet away and from cell service, with fog and morning drizzle. Tucked away behind a shed and foliage making it have plenty of privacy. unfortunately, my own fault in poor scheduling, I was only able to stay from the evening to the early morning so I didn't get to enjoy the daytime, I suspect there's plenty of birds and butterflies flapping around. it's a really peaceful place.
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Laura B.
July 29, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Not private but off the beaten path
I loved being able to camp here! What a special place! But the neighbors in the yurt could see thru the fence so I wasn’t able to… take care of some business that I needed to. Not the end of the world but… also not healthy 😬
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Lauren M.recommends
July 28, 2022
Garden by the Sea
The Secret Garden
Nice little private campsite, tucked away. It felt like a secret garden. The site gets moist and chilly at night - be sure to use your tent cover and a tarp for under your tent. We were happy that we brought lanterns. Kind hosts with a lot of tips about the area. Many chairs and a table to put your things on was a nice bonus. There is a shower with cold water and a little toilet, in the open air. It was wonderful. <3
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Irene C.recommends
July 27, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Loved our stay at Judy and Dale’s. Their garden is wonderful, even when not fully in bloom. The space for the tent is perfectly secluded. Super close to town and very quiet. Would definitely recommend.
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Sarah M.recommends
July 25, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Great stay! Private and super charming, a nice walk to the beach, and it was great meeting Judy and Dale. We’ll surely be back :)
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Alexis C.recommends
July 19, 2022
Garden by the Sea
This site was just lovely. It was surrounded by flowers, bees, and hummingbirds, and just so peaceful. It had a good level of privacy due to all the surrounding vegetation. The shower was cold but very refreshing! The composting toilet worked just fine for us. The surrounding area was very beautiful, just a few minute walk to the ocean. Dale was very friendly and told us about the history of the nearby town. All in all, a great experience!
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Roxanna S.recommends
July 13, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Paradise in Bolinas!
This is a gem of place and part of me wants to keep it a secret! To find a private camping place in Bolinas is rare and this spot is exactly that; a rare find. It was private, quiet and beautiful. I had never used Hip Camp before and wasn't sure what the place would be like. I wondered if there would be other campers/tents, but it was just for us. The space is tucked away, in beautiful flowers and foliage. There were bees buzzing in the blackberry bushes, hummingbirds zinging about and the ground was carpeted in African daisies. The tent space was secluded. As an avid camper, I found the compostable toilet and cold-water shower to be added bonuses, not something to complain about. I know other reviewers mentioned that there are sounds coming from the neighboring yard, however I didn't hear any and thought the space was blissfully quiet - especially for the 4th of July weekend! The lot is quite large with a lot of privacy. It was within easy walk to the bluffs overlooking the Pacific and a nice walk into town. The hosts were a perfect blend of warm and friendly and respectful of our space. I look forward to my next visit and feel grateful that this place exists!
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Sarah L.recommends
July 10, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Lovely for tent camping! Beautiful garden and amenities are nice.
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Levi R.recommends
July 9, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Very pleasant couple running a simple and beautiful campsite out of their back yard. It had what we were looking for. Just a nice place to sleep. Dale came out and chatted with us and showed us the facilities. Really nice place.
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Yinglin L.doesn't recommend
July 5, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Mess place
Mess grass around a small tent camping area with some bugs and very hard to get there:almost no signal,no sign with entrance,no reply from the owner after calling and texting.that is our worst experience.
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Gaetano B.recommends
July 4, 2022
Garden by the Sea
The price is the lowest in town by
Dale & Judy gave us privacy in their lovely back yard garden with 2 tents sites set very close together. Be aware the portapotty and shower are open air, a yard or so away and fully visible to both tents. It would be wise to bring toilet tissue. Neither trash nor recycle barrel nor food waste was available.
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K.C. S.recommends
July 1, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Judy and Dale were great hosts. The spot is in the middle of a rustic neighborhood on the Mesa of Bolinas. It’s fairly DYI, with a compost toilet, a picnic table, and is private, surrounded by a wall of plants and flowers that make it all your own. Less than two blocks from a gorgeous bluff overlooking the ocean, and is a short ride from a great, small town and it’s beach. I strongly recommend this for a quick getaway in nature.
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Krista T.recommends
June 28, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Drive Slow, Live Slower
I quite enjoyed my tent camping on Judy and Dale's property. I was coming from Dorris, CA and after a long trek I was looking forward to laying my head down under the stars. The little campsite was perfect for me-private enough, lovely with all of the flowers in bloom around me and completely safe. When I visited the weather was perfect, offering an incredible night's rest. I slept in late the next day and was only awakened because of the beautiful song birds all around. The spot is in walking distance of an incredible ocean view and the quaint town of Bolinas is just a 5 minute drive away, offering delicious places to eat, galleries and best of all the beach. I drove around the area and the people are just so kind and friendly, the houses are fun and everything is slow-drive slow, live slower.
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Barclay K.recommends
June 23, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Basic but beautiful setup. Had a nice time laying under the stars and waking up to the sun and birds chirping in the beautiful garden. Easily accessible and mostly private. I could hear voices nearby but couldn't see anyone. Very peaceful overall and would return.
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Sarah C.recommends
June 19, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Great find!
We found exactly what we were looking for here. A quiet, spacious and private camping spot. It was perfect for our anniversary get away from the hustle and bustle. We stayed only one night but kept busy at the nearby beaches. They were beautiful! The tide pools were pretty spectacular as well if you hit the tides at the right time. Definitely would stay again! Hosts were kind and caring which made the experience even more personal.
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Megan T.recommends
June 15, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Welcoming hosts with local, personal recommendations to make the most out of small town visiting. In a backyard but native growth provides a good sense of privacy!
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Maura W.recommends
June 12, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Slug friends!
The location of the spot was so beautiful and private! We loved the garden and the banana slugs climbing the leaves. The directions were very thorough and easy to follow and Dale checked in on us to make sure we made it ok. Very nice hosts and spot!
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Benjamin C.recommends
May 15, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Very private, lovely verdant setting
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Hao G.recommends
May 9, 2022
Garden by the Sea
Beautiful and secluded campsite with tons of vegetation. A couple of things to know before booking though: 1. by the time of our stay (April 2022), the shower only had cold water; 2. the site is right across the fence from their neighbors' yard, which means we could hear almost everything that was happening, and probably vice versa. All in all, we had a pleasant stay and would consider visiting again.
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