Bolinas, California

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Bolinas (alternates: Ballenas, Baulenas, Baulings, and Bawlines)[1] is a coastal unincorporated community in Marin County, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bolinas is located 10 miles (16 km) west-southwest of San Rafael,[2] at an elevation of 36 feet (11 m).[1] The population of the Bolinas CDP (Census-designated place) was 1,246 at the 2000 census.

The community is perhaps best known for its reclusive residents. Historically, it is only accessible via unmarked roads; any road sign along nearby Highway One that points the way into town has been torn down by residents.[3] Bolinas and its reclusive reputation are featured in the 1981 novel Ecotopia Emerging by Ernest Callenbach. It was also the mythical setting for Richard Brautigan's novel In Watermelon Sugar.



Bolinas is located at 37°54′34″N 122°41′11″W / 37.90944°N 122.68639°W / 37.90944; -122.68639[1] on the California coast approximately 30 miles (50 km) drive north from San Francisco just off California Hwy 1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.6 km²), all of it land.

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