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

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From Childhood Until Now...

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Lisa D
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Ukiah, California
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Ukiah, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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
22 helpful votes 22 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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San Francisco, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
36 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

find peace of mind at this state beach, a brief walk from the hotel, cost to drive in while walk in free

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

All the beaches on the north coast are easy to access and absolutely beautiful. Bodega Bay (Doran Beach state park) is about one hour north of San Francisco. maybe longer due to traffic.

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Ukiah, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nice beach (not free). Friendly dogs are allowed to run loose...but be sure to take doggie doo bags. Lots of room to walk and roam.

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Camano Island, Washington, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

Sandy beach. Nice campground. October is the best weather month in my opinion. You can hear the fog horn and seals. Fishing off the jetty. Boat ramp. Bird watching on the opposite side of the road from the beach. Great fun for the family.

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california
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Walking on this beach gives you the peace and quiet you're looking for in Bodega Bay. Maybe 10 people on the beach in the middle of a Friday afternoon. Disappointed that on this day Mother Nature didn't supply any shells or pebbles to bring home as souvenirs, but it is still a wonderful place to chill.

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