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Sonoma Coast State Beach

HIghway 1, Between Jenner and Bodega Bay, Sonoma, CA
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Ranked #6 of 23 Attractions in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks
Activities: Fishing, Picnicking
Description: A state park and beach recommended for fishing, walking and picnicking.
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Washington state
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

On a long trip home from Southern California we decided to stop and have a sandwich at the State Beach. As it was a bit foggy and cool, perhaps the beach wasn't the best place we could have chosen. But it was! Even with fog and wind, the views were amazing and such a good photo op! I can imagine... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Truly breathtaking views! Lots of open beach areas and areas to pull your car over to take pictures. Wish we would have been able spend more time there. No cell service there though so don't expect google navigation to work lol

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Great day trip if you just want to drive for the views and stop for an occasional hike. Start at the north end of the SP and work your way down.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Unfortunately we were driving through here on an overcast day. Had fun on Portuguese beach. Very steep beach once you hit the water. Had a little scare when my daughter got pulled into the surf. Be careful.

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Sacramento, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Any beach on Sonoma coast is a great bet. Perfect weather and clean. Stay all day beaches. Take a picnic and enjoy the clean air. And since you're in the area don't miss a trip to Bodega Bay marine lab.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The Sonoma Coast is a spectacular area from Jenner to Bodega Bay. The Russian River flows into the ocean hear at Goat Head Rock area. Bodega Bay and Jenner both have lodging, there is also some campgrounds in this area. Bodega Bay is famous also for Alfred Hitchcock Movie the Birds. We visit frequently and it a wonderful place to... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A hidden gem, which just happens to be dog friendly, is Blind Beach on the southern side of Goat Rock. The road to the beach is narrow but worth the roller coaster ride to the bottom parking area. The headlands and high cliffs are strewn with wildflowers. Sea stacks and a natural arch are just off shore. Pelicans, gulls and... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Wow, I never get tired of the vipers on this stretch of highway. And dang it, if the camera doesn't capture the splendor. But still. There is so much to see. Be sure to pull off for the beach and look around. Depending on the area, you will see fields of succulents, or wind blown trees, beautiful secluded beaches, or... More

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Orlando, Florida
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87 reviews 87 reviews
23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My husband and I spent two afternoons cruising up and down Highway 1 from Bodega Bay to Jenner, stopping to enjoy the view at each of the beaches along the way. The views are fabulous, although the sun was not shining on either of the afternoons we visited. We were told that it is very rarely sunny along this stretch... More

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Diamond Springs, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We have a 25 ft. RV. We took a drive up the coast from Bodega Bay to just above Jenner. There was no where to stop to just even look at the beach. Each spot had a large "No RV" sign. These were beaches we used to go to all the time. And now if we choose to visit them... More

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