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Bolinas

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Things to do: nature, beaches
Bolinas is an unincorporated coastal community in Marin County, California. The census designated place is located on the California coast, approximately 13mi northwest of San Francisco by air.The community is known for its reclusive residents. It is only accessible via unmarked roads; any road sign along State Route 1 that points the way into town has been torn down by local residents, to the point where county officials held a ballot measure to which the voters responded by stating a preference for no more signs.GeographyBolinas sits at an elevation of above sea level. It is bound on the northeast by Bolinas Lagoon and Kent Island and on the south by Bolinas Bay and Duxbury Point. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.8sqmi, all of it land. The GNIS has cited archaic alternate town-names, including "Ballenas", "Baulenas", "Baulings", and "Bawlines".Bolinas' downtown is located on the eastern side of town along Wharf Road, which ends at Bolinas Lagoon. Downtown's buildings were mostly built between 1850 and 1920. Brighton Avenue connects downtown to the south-facing Brighton Beach. In the southeast corner of town is the Little Mesa. The Big Mesa, also known as the Gridded Mesa, lies to the west, with Agate Beach at its western end.By air, Bolinas is just 10mi west-southwest of San Rafael, and northwest of San Francisco. While located just from State Route 1, the area is not very accessible by car. The driving time from San Rafael is roughly 52 minutes, and it takes over an hour to drive to downtown San Francisco.
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