The Bear Valley Visitors Center (Bear Valley Rd., 415/464-5100, Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.) acts as the central visitors center for Point Reyes National Seashore . In addition to the maps, fliers, and interpretive exhibits, you can watch a short video introducing you to the Point Reyes region. You can also talk to the rangers, either just to ask advice or to obtain beach fire permits and boat-in backcountry camping permits.
Two other visitors centers sit at different spots in the vast acreage of Point Reyes. The Ken Patrick Visitor Center (Drake’s Beach, 415/669-1250, Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.) sits right on the beach in a decidedly appropriate structure. Its small museum focuses on the maritime history of the region, and it acts as the hosting area for the annual Sand Sculpture event held on the beach.
The Drake Beach Café (hours and days of operation vary by season, call 415/669-1297) serves delicious food with an appropriate focus on the local, organic, and sustainable.
Finally, the Historic Lighthouse and Visitors Center (415/669-1534, Thurs.–Mon. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) is the most difficult of the three to access. You must walk about a half a mile up a steep hill from the parking lot to get to this visitors center. On the other hand, you’ll find the bonus of the lighthouse  right at your feet once you arrive.