Kayak Put-In Info for: Paradise Beach County Park, Tiburon
Overview: Though an earlier poster said the beach was nice and sandy, I found it strewn with rocks (from golfball to softball size), and also whole and partial building bricks. I have a plastic kayak and the rocks and bricks did not concern me much (aside from the risk of hitting one at the wrong time and getting knocked over) but I would not recommend this beach for launch or take-out with a fiberglass or kevlar boat. There is a rough concrete and rock launch ramp that might work well when the tide is either higher or lower than it was when I lauhched, but again it is not for fiberglass or kevlar boats. Also, I nearly overturned twice in quick succession while launching from this due to wave action and a steep drop-off. Be cautious of the fishing pier since it is not far from either the beach or the ramp and you risk getting tangled in fishing lines.
Parking: Ample parking in paved lots with plenty of foot traffic and three or four rangers patrolling. I had no worries about leaving my car there. Some parking is shaded. HOWEVER: all parking is about 100 feet in elevation above the beach. If you have a kayak cart you will need it. It was quite a hike with a 53-lb boat, particularly alone and up-hill after a couple of tiring hours on the water.
Facilities: For launching, just the lumpy concrete ramp (not recommended). No docks.
Amenities: There seem to be a couple of restrooms but I did not use them so I can't say what they are like inside. Fishing pier. Picnic tables. Lots of groomed lawns which made dragging the boat back uphill far easier than carrying it. Paths are paved with ashpalt so walking was pretty easy on the feet even with booties. Launch difficulties aside, the scenery is fabulous.
Directions: 3450 Paradise Drive, Tiburon, 94920 - Located on Paradise Drive along the east shore of the
Cautions: The beach is amply strewn with rocks and bricks, though it is possible to find narrow slots between the worst of them for launch/take-out. Long steep walk down to the beach from the parking lots. Beach access is via a long stairway so even if you have a cart you will need to carry your boat at some point. Stay clear of the fishing pier. On the day I was there I found the water to the southeast (turning right after you launch) to be rougher than I had expected, with steep waves close together and a mix of swells/waves/wakes that hit you from all angles. If you are accustomed to flat water, do NOT expect a nice smooth open water experience. Water to the northeast (turning left after you launch) was smoother, with the swells further apart and a lot flatter, and better for folks with less experience. Tides/currents seemed fairly strong and I was there just after slack tide. About a quarter mile to the northwest is a large area studded with old pilings and though this makes interesting paddling, the water is not clear so submerged obstacles are tough to spot until you are right on top of them. Watch out for power boats and their wakes. Also, this section of the Bay is fairly tightly enclosed and the wake action from large shipping and fast ferries can make things very interesting.