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Bodega Head
Vacation Travel Guide

Spot whales and seals from the viewpoints dotted along this rugged outcrop, which has beaches, sand dunes, trails and kiosks.

Bodega Head is a small peninsula that sticks out from the western end of Bodega Bay. A nature trail meandering past the rugged cliffs offers excellent ocean views of the promontory, which is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) long and 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) wide. Stroll up and down the sandy beaches and climb the dunes in this eclectic terrain.

Walk with your family along the Bodega Head Trail, which runs in a loop and covers a distance of 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometers). The path is easy and accessible for most visitors. Capture photos of your kids with a backdrop of wildflowers and the white surf of the crashing waves. Many rocks appear to rise from the shallow white foam of the ocean that laps the base of the cliffs.

Chat with local hikers and dog walkers on your way along the trail. Admire the spectacular views of the Northern California coastline and the Pacific Ocean. Spot seals, cormorants, pelicans and even whales. The best chance to see whales is between January and May. Consider bringing extra layers of clothes, as it can get cold and windy on this outcrop. For special thrills, watch storms from the end of Bodega Head.

Take the second trail up to the Hole in the Head at the tip of the peninsula. The hike is fairly steep. Purchase souvenirs and refreshments from various kiosks along the way. Bring a chair and wait for the majestic sunset on the horizon of this scenic lookout.

Descend the flight of wooden steps from the cliff to the beach. Sunbathe on one of the sandy bays, such as Campbell Cove Beach. Visit the large lake nearby.

Note that the trail is free to access and is open at all times. Arrive early to ensure you can find a parking space at the trailhead.

Bodega Head juts out of the western part of Bodega Bay into the Pacific Ocean. It is just west of Doran Regional Park and a 15-minute drive southwest from Bodega. Visit nearby landmarks, such as Salmon Creek, Bodega Dunes Campground and Spud Point Marina.

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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 $189 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

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! (986 reviews)

"Excellent service, quick check in, cleanliness was upkept the entire stay, peaceful view in a safe and friendly environment. Cannot wait to go back!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

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Bodega Bay Lodge
Bodega Bay Lodge
4 out of 5
103 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA
The price is $269 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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! (982 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

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Bodega Harbor Inn
Bodega Harbor Inn
2 out of 5
1345 Bodega Ave, Bodega Bay, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $119 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 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! (993 reviews)

"Quaint, simple rooms at a great price for Bodega Bay"…"

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2021

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