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Sonoma Coast State Beach

HIghway 1, Between Jenner and Bodega Bay, Sonoma, CA
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Ranked #6 of 22 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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373 attraction reviews
697 helpful votes 697 helpful votes
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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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The views from Sonoma Coast State Beach are breathtaking. I love strolling in the ocean and I was bummed that I couldn't do that here. The surf is just too rough. We drove to several of the beaches and looked around and each is unique and interesting in it's own right. We enjoyed our visit.

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Annapolis MD
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Bodega Bay is absolutely in September...it's the time for wineries to harvest the grapes and for you to cruise the wineries and enjoy the coastline...lavender is blooming...weather is perfect..80s...

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Oregon Coast
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751 reviews 751 reviews
266 attraction reviews
1,937 helpful votes 1,937 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

It was grey and raining when we were driving along this section of Highway 1. Still, it's a lovely drive, even if my photos from the car showed nothing more than raindrops on the window! We did stop at several parking areas just to look. I noticed one that said it was "One of the most dangerous beaches in California"... More

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