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“Lovely setting.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bodega Dunes Campground

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Bodega Dunes Campground
Bodega Bay, CA   |  
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Lovely setting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

Make sure you take a good torch / flashlight as the shortest routes to the restrooms can be through narrow paths in the woods. It can get chilly even when the surrounding area is warm but we liked that. Clean restrooms but the site was really empty when we stayed. Only a couple of toilets so could be tough when busy. The fog horn isn't very loud but it is constant. We quickly got used to it and unless you really struggle with noise you should be ok. It's a lovely spot and I'd definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

Really lovely site. Great wooded pitches. Free showers (big plus when tenting). Stunning beach is quite a walk but well worth it. That foghorn thing is there in the background but it never bothered me and I'm quite a light sleeper.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Oakland, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

We stayed here earlier this summer and at first were very happy with our decision. We had some difficulty with some kids from a neighboring site not respecting our camp area, but that was their parents' fault, not the campground's. We loved our site on a dune, and walking to the beach was a great way to spend an afternoon. We found the bathrooms to be clean given that it was a weekend in the middle of summer and the campground seemed full. Everything was going great until all got quiet and we realized that the buoy would be dinging every five seconds all night. Literally. We ended up with about three hours of sleep before packing up the next morning and heading out. I wouldn't mind staying there again, but I'd bring earplugs.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

We camped 2 nights over the past few days and the park was virtually empty. We hand picked out site, so of course we loved it! Most of the sites we saw were very large and very clean. As others mentioned there was plenty of hot water for showers (free). The bathrooms were a decent distance from the site we chose, but that is how I like it. We had a great time and with Bodega Bay right on the other side of the gate (there is a pass through near site 65), we just carried our kayaks and put in the water. It was fantastic. After kayaking we went to the marina and had grilled oysters and awesome clam chowder. Very fun trip. Definitely will go back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

We went to this last weekend and overall had a good time.

It's prolly on the better side of a typical state park campground with good facilities. Enough restrooms with running water - cold and hot! They also have free hot showers. We didn't face any issues with the folks at the gate or the host and they were as cordial as I would expect them to be. I think overall from a facilities perspective, it has it all.

Coming to it's location - this was my biggest complain at the end of the day. I didn't fancy it being so next to Bodega Bay to the point where from quite a few sites you could see road traffic. Psychologically, it just didn't feel like I am away from my regular world. On the positive side, it's just a 5min drive from the Sonoma Bay State Beach which we ended up visiting.

The sites themselves were not necessarily big and as they are allocated upon arrival, it makes sense to get there in time to get the better ones.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orangevale, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

I've gone here as long as I can remember to camp. The beach is near (but they've recently made it so you have to walk long ways! ugh) and amazing. My family and best friend had a blast building a drift wood fort on the beach. Where I stayed, the bathroom was through a path and it looked like any site you were at, there was a nearby bathroom with hot, free showers. The lady up front was very kind and very helpful! Can;t wait to go back next week.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile


When a group of us decided on a camping vacation on the coast we started looking around. We love the Bodega Bay area so we checked around and carefully read reviews.
We read about the skunks and raccoons (never saw, heard, or were victims of them), we read about an unpleasant person at the gate (all the people were wonderful), basically we went into this knowing it might have some pitfalls...and boy were we pleasantly surprised.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon (with two campsites reserved) and got two campsites right next to each other. The bathrooms were close no matter which site you ended up in. The areas were open and semi private- perfect to be able to watch our kids roam. We pitched our tents, set up camp and made dinner while the kids played. We were up after the 10 pm curfew, we weren't loud but we also weren't silent- never had any problems. No campers at any camps in our section were obnoxious or loud.
We were "pleasantly" awoken at 6:13 each morning by an obnoxious Raven however!
We had a great time at local beaches. The kids ran around in the surf, played in the sand, we had a kid and adult football game going, and were treated to hours of dolphins frolicking in the surf.
We went into town for last minute supplies and found everything we needed and on our way out of town ate at the Spud Point Crab Co- EXCELLENT, by the way.
The bathrooms at the campground were clean, showers nice- everything is no frills as it is a state campground and budgets have been cut, so remember your soap and paper towels for the bathroom.
The staff came by often to empty the trash cans, keep an eye on the goings on and to wave a friendly hello.
I know everyone has their own experiences so I hope anyone else that goes there has a great time like we did.
Oh, great place to let kids ride their bikes, there are sandhills they love playing on and trees to climb. We had a wiffle ball and bat, as well as soccer and the kids and adults loved playing pick up games.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Bodega Dunes Campground

Address: Bodega Bay, CA
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Bodega Bay
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Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty lodging in Bodega Bay
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Camp amongst the dunes, and it even has hot showers. ... more   less 
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