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Bodega Bay, CA
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Bodega Bay

The Inn at the Tides
The Inn at the Tides
2.5 out of 5
800 Coast Hwy One, Bodega Bay, CA
The price is $199 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Bodega Harbour and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Doran Beach. Bodega Dunes and Sonoma Coast State Park are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"It is a nice place To stay .... just don’t have fridge or microwave"…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

The Inn at the Tides
Bodega Bay Lodge
Bodega Bay Lodge
4 out of 5
103 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA
The price is $249 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16

Situated near the beach, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bodega Harbour and Doran Beach. Bodega Harbour Golf Links and Links at Bodega Harbour are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)

"Wonderful views of the bay. The food at the restaurant was good."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Bodega Bay Lodge
Bodega Harbor Inn
Bodega Harbor Inn
2 out of 5
1345 Bodega Ave, Bodega Bay, CA
The price is $127 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Old Town, this motel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Bodega Harbour and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Doran Beach. Bodega Dunes and Sonoma Coast State Park are also ...

4/5Very Good! (995 reviews)

"George was very helpful. Enjoyed the room the location. Recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Bodega Harbor Inn
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.

Vacation Rentals in Bodega Bay

Your Oceanfront Experience - Hot Tub - Lovely Fenced Courtyard
Your Oceanfront Experience - Hot Tub - Lovely Fenced Courtyard
Bodega Bay, CA

Situated by the ocean, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sonoma Coast State Park, Gleason Beach, and Wright's Beach. Portuguese Beach and Schoolhouse Beach ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (179 reviews)
Lovely, special spot

"The views from this little slice of heaven are unmatched. It was a wonderful getaway for our family. We would return in a second ."…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Your Oceanfront Experience - Hot Tub - Lovely Fenced Courtyard
3br W/ Bay Views & Private Hot Tub 3 Bedroom Home
3br W/ Bay Views & Private Hot Tub 3 Bedroom Home
3 out of 5
21562 Heron Drive, Bodega Bay, CA

This family-friendly Bodega Bay cottage is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Bodega Harbour Golf Links and Doran Beach. Bodega Harbour and Links at ...

3br W/ Bay Views & Private Hot Tub 3 Bedroom Home
Best Views on Sonoma Coast!beachfront,private hot Tub, Fire Pit, Pets Considered
Best Views on Sonoma Coast!beachfront,private hot Tub, Fire Pit, Pets Considered
Bodega Bay, CA

Nestled on the beach, this Bodega Bay vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Sonoma Coast State Park, Gleason Beach, and Portuguese Beach. Schoolhouse Beach ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (80 reviews)
Truly amazing location, great escape to the coast!

"Our trip to the coast was really delightful. Things we did: -Cooked amazing meals -Stargazed -Played board games (supplied by host) -Went to the beach (about 50 yard walk to access) -Looked out at the amazing coast and watched the waves and bird activity It was a really great getaway and I do recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Best Views on Sonoma Coast!beachfront,private hot Tub, Fire Pit, Pets Considered
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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Reviews of Bodega Bay

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 19, 2020

It’s a beautiful area. Worth visiting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 14, 2020

ALWAYS ENJOY

3/5 - Okay

Tom

Jan 24, 2020

Neighboring towns in poverty. Sad to see sooooo many homeless.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 24, 2020

Area citizens poor, few em0loyment opport7nities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

It is a place to relax and enjoy the scenery. We come here during the winter (January) for the last 20 years (on and off). It is great for a getaway and retreat and to get rejuvenated. We generally have had good weather.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

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