Stunning scenery at the gateway to the Sonoma Coast
Bodega Bay is the gateway to the spectacular Sonoma Coast. This beautiful region features 55 miles of glorious Pacific Ocean coastline, 17 miles of which is part of the Sonoma Coast State Park. Blufftop trails run along the dramatic coast, providing incredible scenery for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Outdoor recreation options abound around the bay. Popular activities include whale and bird watching, kayaking, fishing, boating, and golfing. Bodega Bay communities are also conveniently located for accessing all the amazing vineyards dotted throughout Sonoma County Wine Country.
Small towns and tiny hamlets follow the path of the Coast Highway around Bodega Bay and the Sonoma Coast. These tranquil communities offer spacious single-family homes with mesmerizing views over the area’s incredible unspoiled scenery.
The peaceful communities around the bay offer a relaxed lifestyle with almost endless scenery to explore. While most communities around the bay are exclusively residential, the small town of Bodega Bay and the tiny hamlet of Jenner each have great seafood restaurants. With a population of just over 1,000 people, Bodega Bay is the largest community in the area. Most other communities in the area have between 50 and 150 residents. The area offers an idyllic coastal destination located just a 90 minutes drive north of San Francisco.
Bodega Bay is the area’s central commercial hub. Here you’ll find excellent seafood restaurants such as the waterfront Gourmet Au Bay and the Michelin Guide-recommended Terrapin Creek. Other Bodega Bay businesses include kite retailer Candy & Kites, beach and outdoor apparel store East Shore Outfitters, and grocery stores Diekmann’s Bay Store and Pelican Plaza Grocery & Deli. The shoreline of Bodega Harbor also has take-home seafood at Fishetarian Fish Market and waterfront dining at The Tides Wharf & Restaurant and Spud Point Crab Company. The northern hamlet of Jenner offers more great dining choices, including chef-driven dining at River’s End Restaurant & Inn, cheese plates and Sonoma County wines at Tasting by the Sea Wine Bar, and a sophisticated land and sea menu at the Jenner Inn’s Abalone Bar.
Sonoma Coast State Park extends over 17 miles of stunning coastline with rocky headlands, wide sandy beaches, and secluded coves. Some of the larger beaches within Sonoma Coast State Park include Portuguese Beach and Schoolhouse Beach. Blufftop trails connect the state park’s various beaches. Unexpected sights within the state park include a colony of Pacific harbor seals at Goat Rock Beach and migrating gray whales in the Pacific Ocean. The area is teeming with other wildlife, including river otters and many bird species. The waves along much of the Sonoma Coast are too hazardous to swim in, though they can provide great surfing when the conditions are right. Many of Sonoma Coast State Park’s beaches are also popular fishing spots. Other areas to explore include the sprawling 5,630-acre Jenner Headlands Preserve. Fourteen miles of trails run through the preserve’s diverse scenery of redwood and Douglas fir forests, oak woodlands, coastal prairies, and inland chaparrals. Doran Regional Park at the southern end of Bodega Harbor features a two-mile beach alongside campsites and picnic areas. The Links at Bodega Harbor is a challenging 18-hole golf course designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. The Links has a layout inspired by Scottish links courses which takes in enchanting views. The Russian River and Salmon Creek are excellent destinations for kayaking as they surge towards the Pacific Ocean.
The Shoreline Unified School District serves Bodega Bay. Top educational opportunities include:
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