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“Great Oysters, Great Place!”
Review of Drakes Estero

Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Inverness
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Owner description: This small waterway is a popular destination for paddlers.
Reviewed 15 March 2014

Drove to Drake's Bay after visiting several points in the national park. We thought it was just an oyster farm with just tanks but they also sale the oysters. You can buy by the pound and chuck them yourself (bring your own knife or buy one there) or you can get them on the half shelve and those are served with mignonette and cocktail sauce. Their oysters were very clean and full of flavor. Currently the shop is undergoing court battle because the government agency doesn't want to renew their lease. It would be a shame if they close because it is a little hidden gem within the park- it is a very serene place where one can enjoy fresh oysters and support the locals who work there. Please support this place if you are visiting the park.

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Reviewed 15 February 2014

We have done this hike many times. You share part of it with cows who can muck up the trail. But beautiful views abound. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company is small, and when we arrived they had just harvested. I prefer these to the other oysters in the area as they have a distinct salinity growing much closer to open ocean than the ones in Tomales Bay, which are still mighty good. However, our all knowing Federal government is hell bent on closing this small business. Google it. A real shame as Point Reyes National Seashore was at one time a privately owned cattle ranch, and still has many dairy farms. So, cows OK, aquaculture, no. Go figure.

Thank ucddoc
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

When I went to Drake Bay's Oyster Company in August, I saw signs that they were closing in one month and that they are a must go. We went down a very gravelly road were we crawled at 5 mph in my aunt's Prius (I'm sure bigger and better cars would be fine) and were shaken like crazy. This was our second oyster farm we visited in the area (we went to Tomales Bay first) so we had an idea of what to expect. Unlike Tomales Bay, Drake's only had a few picnic tables available but the view was a lot more natural and serene and it seemed more "authentic" because there were piles of oyster shells everywhere. We also saw the tanks were oysters were kept. However, Drakes also is a lot smaller of an operation than Tomales Bay. There oysters were also smaller and I think, had less flavor. An unfortunate part too was that there were bees everywhere which oddly seemed attracted to the oysters or oyster shells. It is unfortunate that Drake's Bay is closing its doors since it has a lot of potential.

Thank Vanessa Y
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

4 miles of varied (and lovely) scenery, ending with a fabulous view. Just be prepared to deal with the cows that occasionally block the path. And the very end is overgrown with poison oak on both sides -- but you get the same view if you skip that last tenth of a mile!

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Reviewed 8 May 2013

Must go to Drake's Bay Oyster Company. Has the most delicious oysters and a place to shuck, bbq and eat oyster after you buy. They have oyster sizes. Some up to two years old-best for bbq. They also have jars of daily fresh shucked oysters. It is an out of the way area where locals have been going for many years to feast on only one thing. Oysters! Getting there is a beautiful car ride through hills, horse, cows, chickens, and birds of many kinds. You can take your oysters and also go to the beaches nearby where sealife abounds and scenery is breathtaking. Support our local economy and go!

Thank DeborahGonzalez
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