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Doran Beach

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

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Cloudy day but a good beach for a family outing

The beach was a good one for our family, since we had a little one and the waves weren't too high or the undertow strong. The beach was clean and a washroom was clean and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Calgary
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Singapore, Singapore
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190 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Perhaps if you live nearby, say, in SF, it probably makes sense to drive up for a weekend. This sleepy little town seems like it'll be the perfect weekend getaway for city dwellers. However, we were traveling from the other side of the globe and wanted to see where "The Birds" was shot, While we definitely got that, it didn't... More 

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Ketchum, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We ran down to Doran Beach from the BB Lodge and it was fantastic - not a lot of people, dogs on leashes, very quiet, low tides for great running, and lots of shells. It's a good stretch of beach for a longish run. Awesome. Have fun!

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

The beach was a good one for our family, since we had a little one and the waves weren't too high or the undertow strong. The beach was clean and a washroom was clean and accessible.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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

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