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The North Coast Sights

Sonoma Coast State Park

  • 3095 Hwy. 1 Map It
  • Bodega Bay
  • Beach–Sight
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/30/2014

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The park's gorgeous sandy coves stretch for 17 miles from Bodega Head to 4 miles north of Jenner. Bodega Head is an especially popular perch for whale watchers, though if you're lucky you'll catch sight of migrating whales from any of the beaches. Rock Point, Duncan's Landing, and Wright's Beach, clustered at about the halfway mark, have picnic areas, as do several other spots. Rogue waves have swept people off the rocks at Duncan's Landing, so don't

stray past signs warning you away. Relatively calmer Shell Beach, about 2 miles north, is known for beachcombing, tidepooling, and fishing. About 2½ miles north of Shell Beach, near the mouth of the Russian River at Jenner, a long road leads from the highway to Goat Rock. Harbor seals lounge at the long beach here; pupping season is from March through August. Bring binoculars and walk north from the parking lot to view the seals. During summer lifeguards are on duty at some beaches, but strong rip currents and heavy surf keep most would-be swimmers on shore. Wright's Beach and Bodega Dunes have developed campsites. Amenities: parking; toilets. Best For: solitude; sunset; walking.

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Sight Information


Park Headquarters/Salmon Creek Ranger Station, 3095 Hwy. 1, 2 miles north of Bodega Bay, Bodega Bay, California, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8 per vehicle
  • Daily 8 am–sunset (some beach hrs may be curtailed because of budget cuts)

Updated 04/30/2014


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