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Doran Beach

Bodega Bay, CA
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Ranked #5 of 18 attractions in Bodega Bay
Type: Beaches
Activities: Wind-surfing
Description: Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.
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Weimar, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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Santa Rosa, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Unlike the rest of the coastline, Doran beach is a safe calm beach for children, swimming (brrrr!) and surf fishing

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Unspoiled stretch of clean, smooth sand next to dunes. Rock formations at each end. Sounds of seals or sea lions, though we could not see them! Birdwalks very near by.

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Gloucestershire
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79 reviews 79 reviews
8 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Worth a short visit either to admire the scenery, spot birds or take a walk along the beach. Many people camp or take RVs, but it was a pleasant place of solitude when we came in late April.

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San Francisco, CA
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125 reviews 125 reviews
29 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I am shocked, literally, that not only is Doran Beach listed as a top attraction in area, but also that so many vastly superior beaches have no entries at all. Shell Beach is my favorite, hands down, with amazingly beautiful rock formations, tidal pools, a creek, an intimate beach, and shells (of course). Twenty-five years of visiting these beaches hundreds... More

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Woodside, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Doran beach is a wonderful walk from Bodega Bay Lodge, where we were staying. Bird-watching, harbor seals, sandy beach and the ocean. Beaches North of Bodega Bay, such as Salmon Creek, School House, Portuguese beaches are accessed via walkways or paths down cliffs, without ropes or railings....not for cowardly older folks, like us. However, the beach at Goat Rock, where... More

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Hidden Valley Lake, California, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We have been going to Bodega Bay for years. But this weekend was our first time to Doran Beach. Wow have we been missing out. This place is fantastic. We circled a couple times to get a parking space, but once we did we were parked and set up on the beach eating our lunch within 10 minutes. It was... More

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Modesto, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Nice beach, great for RV camping with ocean views on both sides, saw some people wind sailing and kayaking. Remember it gets windy.

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Southern California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We did not camp there, we were staying at the Bodega Bay Lodge. We walked along the beach. It was in the afternoon and quite windy (I'd recommend going earlier in the day) and made it about 2/3rds of the way to the end. Lots of birds and just a very pretty area. A romantic walk.

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