Bodega Bay, CA

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Bodega Bay showing a small town or village and tranquil scenes

Wander through trails in coastal parks and enjoy the excellent views of the Pacific Ocean from this vast beach area.

Bodega Bay is a shallow coastal area surrounded by rocky outcrops, parks and a harbor. It comprises several beaches and nature trails that make a family trip fun. Trek through this coastal zone to spot whales, seals and other marine animals.

Stroll along the gentle slopes of Bodega Head and enjoy the marvelous views of the ocean. Capture photos of the rocky base of the cliffs and watch the waves break into white foam. Set up lunch at one of the picnic tables and browse the souvenirs and refreshments available at various kiosks. In summer, expect to see pelicans and seals here.

Nearby is the Bodega Marine Laboratory, which supports diverse natural ecosystems and attempts to solve complex environmental problems. Come here to learn about the research on climate change and preservation.

The northern part of the outcrop contains the Children’s Bell Tower, which stands amid cypress trees and green hills. Photograph the three-tiered steel monument to 7-year-old Nicholas Green, who was killed in a highway robbery while on vacation in Italy in 1994. The monument consists of many bells donated by Italians.

Across from the eastern side of Bodega Head is Doran Beach, which stands at the southern end of its namesake regional park. Take advantage of the occasional strong winds that are great for surfing and flying kites. Warm summers and mild winters make the beaches and nature trails accessible year-round.

At the other end of the regional park find the Links at Bodega Harbour golf course. Practice your swing on the undulating green course that flanks the beach.

The zone is in the northwestern part of California, 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of San Francisco. Drive southwest from Bodega for 10 minutes to reach the area, which is just south of Salmon Creek and north of Dillon Beach. Visit other nearby cities, such as Santa Rosa, Sacramento and Napa.

Enjoy the nature walks, picnic areas and viewing platforms of the idyllic coastal retreat of Bodega Bay.

Where to stay in Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay Inn
Bodega Bay Inn
2.5 out of 5
1588 Eastshore Rd, Bodega Bay, CA, 94923
The price is $239 per night from May 19 to May 20
Stay at this hotel in Bodega Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (272 reviews)
"loved the bed and the extra room near room 3"

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Bodega Bay Inn
The Inn at the Tides
The Inn at the Tides
2.5 out of 5
800 Coast Hwy One, Bodega Bay, CA, 94923
Fully refundable
The price is $259 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this hotel in Bodega Bay. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (948 reviews)
"Beautiful grounds. Loved the pool (although heated it was not super warm) and spa. The room condition was clean but worn. I really liked the facility. The one drawback was the bed. It was rock hard and felt like sleeping on concrete. It was also creaky moving around. The chairs and couch in the room ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

The Inn at the Tides
The Lodge at Bodega Bay
The Lodge at Bodega Bay
4 out of 5
103 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA, 94293
The price is $313 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 17
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Bodega Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (994 reviews)
"Thanks to all the other surrounding properties negative reviews, I chose this one for a 2 day weekday stay. I chose the RIGHT one! Clean, friendly, very well maintained. I was more than pleased."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

The Lodge at Bodega Bay
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Surfscape Beach House
Surfscape Beach House
Bodega Bay, CA
The price is $750 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this beach vacation home in Bodega Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and private spa tubs. Popular attractions Gleason Beach and Portuguese Beach ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (170 reviews)
Views are Amazing!
"You enter another world when you walk in the door. The views definitely have the "WOW" factor. You won't be disappointed."

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

Surfscape Beach House
Harbor Cutie, Family Friendly, Nearby All Attractions, Outdoor Space
Harbor Cutie, Family Friendly, Nearby All Attractions, Outdoor Space
Bodega Bay, CA
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Bodega Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (100 reviews)
Kayak
"Great location for a trip to play in the harbor, eat some good food, and the house has everything we needed with some pretty cool amenities."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2022

Harbor Cutie, Family Friendly, Nearby All Attractions, Outdoor Space
New Listing! Bodega Bay Oasis, Walk To Beach 3 Bedroom Home
New Listing! Bodega Bay Oasis, Walk To Beach 3 Bedroom Home
4 out of 5
Bodega Bay, CA
Stay at this 4-star golf vacation home in Bodega Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Portuguese Beach and Schoolhouse ...
New Listing! Bodega Bay Oasis, Walk To Beach 3 Bedroom Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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