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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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Instant Cape Cod

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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New York City, New York
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161 reviews 161 reviews
15 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Tehachapi, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
65 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The Coast Guard is there and there is a really nice camp ground. It also allows dogs in some places. There is ocean on one side and the bay on the other. Nice drive

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Ukiah, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Something we all have to remember that the weather is something that cannot be controlled and when you set that aside...I love this beach! You can walk safely on the beach without worrying about a crazy wave ready to take you out to sea. You can actually get in the water...warning, it is a bit on the cold side. Prep... More 

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Chico, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went to Doran Beach just for a morning walk one morning when we were in Bodega Bay. The beach is very long and easy to walk, there were volleyball court set up and in use while we were there and one end of the beach had dogs off leash. Very relaxed and friendly. The parking was limited though and... More 

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Auburn, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Doran Beach does not disappoint. We walked along and enjoyed terrific views of the Pacific, the Tomales Bay headlands, and craggy, impressive shoreline. The beach was not crowded nor isolated. The wind was high at times, but the dense sand did not kick up and make us miserable like I've seen at other beaches that have occasional wind. Kite flying... More 

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Glenwood Springs
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

When you go to Bodega Bay do not miss Doran Beach. There is an entry fee of $7.00/car, but it is well worth it. From the parking lot you walk directly onto the beach. There are many picnic tables and barbeque pits. There are volleyball courts. And then, of course, the view is fantastic. There are also clean public restrooms.... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Beautiful place to go and give yourself peace of mind. I love looking out into the ocean and even dipping my feet in the water as well. This is a great location to go if you want to relieve some stress.

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