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Many trails lead to Alamere; these three hikes are the most common ones to get to the falls:

Several trails are leading to the Alamere Falls. We'd chosen the shortest one. Continue reading to get all necessary information for an awesome hike and waterfall experience. During summer from July to September, the Park is often covered in fog while the inland has sunshine and warm temps.

Summer Fog at Point Reyes

Avoiding Crowds

It is quite a popular park due to the close location to San Francisco. The Alamare Falls are much loved, and the Palomarin car park already fills up early morning at weekends. If possible hike to the falls mid-week. If you can’t get a parking space, you have to queue or leave. Shoulder parking is not permitted.

Best Time to Start the Hike

Mid-week start your hike to the Alamare Falls around two to three hours before low tide depending on the trail you choose. At weekends and in the summer months start early to get a parking lot. Tide times for the hike to the Alamere Falls or check at the Bear Valley Information Center

Tip for Photographers

Best light for a good shot of the falls is after midday.

Alamere Falls after Midday

If you do the hike on a hot summer day bring your bath cloth for swimming in the Pelican Lake, the last on the right on your way back.

Point Reyes Pelican Lake for swimming

Points of Interest Inside the Park

If hiking to the falls try to combine your visit with one of the other attractions depending on the day and month of your visit;

  • Point Reyes Lighthouse built in 1870
    300 steps leading down to the picturesque lighthouse with a spectacular view if it is not foggy. Unfortunately, only open from Friday to Monday.
     
  • Chimney Rock
    The overlook is close to the lighthouse to spot elephant seals while breeding during December to March. Many visitors want to observe the spectacle which causes much traffic and shuttle buses are offered.
     
  • Tule Elk Reserve on Tomales Point 
    These specific elks were reintroduced in 1978. It’s a more than 9 miles / 15 km hike on the peninsula to Tomales Bluff and back. A shorter option is the 2 miles / 3.2 km hike to Windy Gap and back where you may spot elks at a spring. The Tule Elk Rut Season from around August to late October/beginning of November is a spectacular time.
  • Migrating gray whales can be spotted around the lighthouse and Chimney Rock between January to April. Humpback whales  migrate past Point Reyes from November to March. 
Weather / Climate

Point Reyes has a coastal climate with dry summer and cool winter. Only very view rain occurs from mid-April to October. Most of the precipitation happens from December to March. It’s often windy at Point Reyes, and very strong winds are common in November and December. Fog occurs in summer mostly from July to September. If it’s hot in the backcountry, the fog might stay until the afternoon.

Where to Stay (bookmark the links)

We recommend spending minimum two days in the Point Reyes National Seashore. The park has so much to offer; outstanding nature, wildlife, several hiking trails, and coastline. We'd been here already twice and still haven't seen all of its beauty. Situated inside the park is the HI Point Reyes Hostel. Next to the park in Olema is the quiet and lovely The Lodge of Point Reyes with an excellent restaurant. Probably the best accommodation in this area. 

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The name originates from three bridges in the early 1900s. The inner and outer arch are collapsed and only the middle one remained which is an Arch Rock now.

Popular small beach frequently with lifeguard during the day in summer. Less busy and even more beautiful in the evening at sunset and low tide. Tide pooling during the day is much fun for the younger ones at low tide. The Natural Bridges State Beach is open from 8 a.m. until sunset. The visitor center is open from 10 am until 4 pm. The State Beach vehicle fee is 10 $ a day.

Parking

There is limited parking in front of the State Beach allowed for 20 minutes only. Plenty of parking lots close to the visitor center, shoulder parking direction the entrance kiosk, and outside the State Beach. Anyhow, on weekends in summer it gets quite busy.

Short Term Parking at Natural Bridges State Park and Beach

Highlights

Walking through the bridge is possible at spring tide only a couple of times a year. It occurs in spring and fall when the full or new moon is closest to the earth. Tide times Natural Bridges

Events

  • On the second Sunday in October the monarch butterfly is welcomed from 11 am until 4 pm. It's an amazing festival for the whole family. 
  • The second Saturday in February is dedicated to the whale migration. 
Winter

The park is a temporary home for thousands of Monarch Butterflies during the winter. They migrate from the cold Rockie Mountain Valleys. The mild climate and the eucalyptus trees provide a safe place for them. They feed on the nectar of the milkweed. The butterflies arrive around mid-October and stay until late January to mid- February. Guided Monarch Butterfly Tours are offered in fall and winter at 11 am and 2 pm.

Spring

During spring wildflowers are in bloom.

Weather and Water Temperature

During the summer from June to August, it's dry, and drought occurs. The average day temp is 17°C / 62°F, but 30°C / 86°F can happen as well. Water temp in summer around 16°C / 61°F only. Most precipitation in winter from December to February with its peak in February. Average day temps are around 10°C / 50°F.

Natural Bridges Park Map and Brochure including wheelchair accessibility

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Facts About Addo

Addo is a year-round destination. Best game viewing months are June to September. It is the drier season and elephants gather in numbers around the waterholes. During September and October, many animals give birth to their young ones. This causes an increase in predator activity and a higher chance of spotting.

Birding

From September onwards migratory birds arrive from the north like the European stork.
More information about birds in Addo.

Weather

It is hot in summer from November to February and cold in winter from June to August. Night temperature can be near freezing. Rain can always occur with two peaks in February/March and October/November. If it is rainy in summer game is not any longer hiding at midday. It is a semi-arid region with little rainfall in total. Best months are April/May and September with mild temperature, and it is mostly dry.

Crowds

It is a popular destination for tourists and residents. Peak season during summer, especially Christmas holiday and Eastern. Also busier during European summer holidays.

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La Palma is one of the few places in the world where you can spot Blainville's Beaked Whale. Other sightings on this trip included striped dolphins, pilot whales, sperm whales and more.

Many whales and dolphins are year round at the Canary Islands. Best weather from April to October, shoulder season April-June and September-October are less hot and crowded.

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Massachusetts is well known for a high concentration of humpback whales, finback whales, sometimes minke whales and dolphins, therefore, many agencies give a guarantee.

When is the best time? May, June, July, August, September and October are the months for whale watching from Boston with great sighthings. Each summer the whales migrate to Massachusetts and back to warmer water when the weather gets cold.

Make sure to check our 7 Top Tips for Whale Watching from Boston at the end of this article.
 

Time of Day

In terms of sightings there is no big difference between mornings or afternoon. Mornings are usually less crowded though. That's we recommend the first tour in the morning. From mid-June until early September the first one starts at 9 AM from Monday through Sunday. During other months it can be 10 AM or even later. Click on the tour link below and check available times. 
 

Weather and Sea

During the months of July, August and September the weather is generally more consistently pleasant. However, the whales even come out in the rain. If sea sickness is an issue for you check the weather forecast first to choose a calm day for whale watching. Marine Weather Boston Harbor
 

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Ben Boyd National Park was established in 1971. Named after the well-known entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd. The lighthouse was built in 1883 and is 29 meters tall.

Currently, a guided tour was offered each day at 3 p.m. Ask at the information center in Eden for the opening hours first.

Weather

The Sapphire Coast has an oceanic climate. Winters are mild, windy and drier with an average day temperature of 7°C. Usually, it's quite hot during summer with a day temperature up to 30°C. Most precipitation between spring and summer. The water temperature is refreshing with more than 20°C from summer until autumn (Dec-April). Autumn still is still pleasant.

Whales migrate along the coast in late winter and spring between May/June until November. It's an excellent spot to spot migrating whales.

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