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“Awesome” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Coast
Mendocino, CA
707-961-6300
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Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Mendocino
Activities: Driving, Kayaking, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A scenic drive along California's Pacific coastline offering beaches, historic lighthouses and old-time fishing villages.
Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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“Awesome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great views and amazing vistas. Beautiful California scenic route. Way better than the interstate. Enjoy the views and the peace

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“Beautiful Coastal Drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We enjoy going to Mendocino and depending upon what we are doing either stay in Mendocino and like in particular the Little River area for that

or in Fort Bragg area (i.e. generally Fort Bragg if want to take the Skunk Train).

We like the state parks in the area and stop at them during our drive. Some of our favorites include:

1) Watching the abalone divers at Van Damme State Park

2) Exploring the tidal areas at MacKerricher State Park

3) Enjoying Russian Gulch State Park

The drive is beautiful either south to north (or north to south). One note - once away from the coastal drive and going inland the routes get slower in terms of driving so just plan for that.

Along the area there is lots of opportunities for activities such as shopping at the charming shops at Mendocino, dining at good restaurants, beach walking and hikes, bike riding, exploring the harbors and perhaps going fishing, and more.

Visited September 2013
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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“Great views!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A beautiful trip up CA Hwy1. The views are fantastic and a trip into Mendocino itself is a must. The town has many historic buildings and is the set for 'Cabot Cove' the fictional town for the TV series 'Murder She Wrote'. It is also a shopping paradise!
August may not be the best time to travel the coast though. Sea mists roll in, the wind blows and it can be quite chilly so warm jumpers are a must.
A trip to Point Arena Lighthouse is worth a short detour off the highway. It has a small museum and a tour of the lighthouse itself is included in the entry fee. This is also one of the settings for a scene in 'Forever Young' starring Mel Gibson . In fact many films and TV series have been set along the Mendocino Coast line.

Visited August 2014
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Santa Clara, California
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“Beautiful coastal area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Hidden gem in california. Mendocino is a beautiful area. Everything is on the main street and Fort Bragg is close by with restaurants and shops. The coast line is beautiful and the area is clean.

Visited July 2014
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“Glass beach”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Glass beach was disappointing. There was a constant line of visitors walking to and from the beach. It was ridiculous seemed like an amusement park

Visited August 2014
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