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Doran Beach

Bodega Bay, CA
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Bodega Bay
Type: Beaches
Activities: Wind-surfing
Description: Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.
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Ogden, Utah
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191 reviews 191 reviews
66 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

There are nice long sections of beach and a few rock jettys to explore when it's low tide. Worth the money and fun for the whole family. Bring a kite for an extra bit of windy day fun.

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Sacramento, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The birdwalk adjacent to Doran Beach is worth it. You can park in the small parking area off Hy. 1 and walk on the well-marked paths. We had a baby in a Bob stroller and found the walk to the beach very comfortable. Once on the beach, you can walk, stay a while, etc. There is a public restroom with... More

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Sacramento, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

So close to the beach, not a ton of people, restrooms/showers, can hear the ocean and the foghorn!!!! LOVE it!

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We've stopped by Doran Beach several times during our visits to Bodega Bay. Last weekend the weather was nice enough that the kids were able to have fun in the surf and not just walk the beach. They admitted the water was freezing, but that didn't stop them from getting their feet splashed by the waves. It's a great area... More

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Lincoln, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We have camped at Doran Beach Park for ten days (maximum stay allowed) at least twice every year in our motor home fot the past seven years. We tow our minivan with us so we can travel the area without having to move the motor home. Tent or pickup camping is also allowed and popular there or you can just... More

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Chico
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Sonoma County wants to fund its budget on travelers trying to enjoy the beaches. There is a $7 parking fee for this beach, which is sandy and clean, but has no waves to speak of and is too cold for swimming. It's also part of a large campground with large RVs nearby. Drive to Bodega Head for the view--it's free... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Plenty of space on this beach for swimmers, sun lovers and sandcastle makers! Don't forget to take your sunshade as there's no cover. Parking in peak times could be difficult and it's a bit of a walk to public facilities.

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sparks nv
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is just a fantastic beach, kid friendly, dog friendly (on leash). On one side there is fantastic birding, spotting scopes are almost always set up. The other side is Doran Beach, 2 miles long. On one trip I got o the western end and started seeing very odd blue things about the size of an eraser. They seemed to... More

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Weimar, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

What a great place to go with family. The beach is wonderful and there is camping available. Can't wait to go again.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The beach was sixty degrees and too windy to enjoy in late June. The waves were so tiny, if it weren't for the seagulls, I would have thought we were visiting a large lake and not the ocean. (Although the Chicago side of lake Michigan has larger waves and seagulls) Great if you have toddlers and building sand castles, but... More

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