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Address: Bodega Bay, CA
Activities: Wind-surfing
Description: Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.

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Great beach for kids

Doran Beach is part of the Sonoma County Parks system; your State Park pass won't get you into this beach - this seems to come as a surprise for many people. The beach is located... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
Barbara W
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Sacramento, California, United States
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Sacramento, California, United States
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Doran Beach is part of the Sonoma County Parks system; your State Park pass won't get you into this beach - this seems to come as a surprise for many people. The beach is located at the southern entrance to the town of Bodega Bay. The beach is long and curves around a peninsula. Since the beach doesn't face the... More 

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Guerneville, California, Usa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

One of the few beaches you can still bring your dog. There are toilet facilities and parking. It is a smaller beach on the bay. We like to come here early when there is a zero tide, you can walk way out. There are always a few people getting clams and you can walk back into the little cave (little... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We have camped on the jetty several times and the sandy beach has been great for a walk with our dog. Some people fly kites which tells you something about the usual weather. You can surf fish or fish from the jetty. Not much for beachcombers here.

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Sonoma, California
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40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Doran isn't the best beach Sonoma County or Northern California have to offer but it's still a lovely beach.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Wonderful Norcal Beach ... nice for a stroll! We walked along the beach as well as some of the bluffs. Super cool and different terrain from the SoCal beaches!

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

pretty easy to find, but must pay to get in. and pay to park. no food or anything available, Pinnacle Gulch isn't far away, it's free and just as gorgeous. lots of stairs, but well worth it

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Long, gently curving beach with picnic facilities on one side, and great kitesurfing on the other (with the tide). Bundle up for the fog and the wind.

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Sonoma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

One of the best beach spots on the Sonoma Coast. White sand that stretches as far as you can see, beautiful surf that gently pounds the shoreline. What more could you ask for..costs $7 to get into the park, but worth every penny !

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

VERY windy, cold, BUT we saw amp a whale and baby just offshore on the ocean side. Ought about camping there but too cold and wind blown. Watched some amazing kiteboarders on the harbor side

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015 via mobile

View of the narrow inlet at the tip of the beach was interes/beach and scenic. Delicate lovely sand beach but must dress for the cold,strong sweeping wind. Didn't see a lot of birds on the bird watching trail. As car entrance to the park is at $7/day, better find a less windy, a warm day to visit

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Address: Bodega Bay, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sonoma County  >  Bodega Bay

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