I am a self professed Cronkhite Junkie. I love to come out here to take a “Reflective Pause” especially when stress levels are high. The beach just opens up a new perspective. And I need the reminder to take a reflective pause even out here since I am hooked to my Instagram, addicted to capturing surfers venturing in and out of the water. It’s that priceless moment just before and just after entering or exiting the ocean that begs to captured. There is so much emotion for a dedicated surfer at the start (anticipation) and at the end (pride) of their session.
Cronkhite or Rodeo Beach lies at tip of the Marin Headlands- just three miles northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge and is made up of jade, red, carnelian and black agate stones. Somehow this beach still feels like a secret. It never feels overwhelmingly crowded even when the offshore winds bring the perfect beach day to The Bay Area. Surfers flock to the north part of the beach and daring souls climb the steep north or south end cliffs to view the thunderous waves rolling in below. To take in the Pacific and the 360 view from the hills above is pure magic. Come out to this beach at sunset when the afterglow lights up the lagoon that sits just behind the beach. To escape the wind, head down to the south end and settle into one of the rocky nooks that will protect you from the onshore chill. If you find yourself here mid-week, you might have the beach to yourself and get a sense how life was out here years ago. Oh and it’s a great place to come alone or with your beloved, whether it’s a dog or human or both, and of course with your family.