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Address: Bodega Bay, CA
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Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.

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Thanksgiving at Doran

Always a nice week with occasional rain. Road has been repaired but getting a campsite can be very challenging due to their reservation system, one year to the day in advance... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Morris W
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Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always a nice week with occasional rain. Road has been repaired but getting a campsite can be very challenging due to their reservation system, one year to the day in advance. Great site this year, not so great for next year. Some sites are very short and not fully paved. It can be challenging for campers and staff due to... More 

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Thank Morris W
Longmont, Colorado
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117 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

I guess I'm spoiled with lovely clean soft sand beaches. I did not like this area at all. The sand is dirty lots of gnatty kind of flies. We paid seven dollars to get in and spent about 40 minutes there. I suppose I'm spoiled but I have a much higher expectations for beaches. If this is the only place... More 

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Kenwood, California
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84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

I have camped here for eons..the price has gone up some much for not much more than we had in the past! They charge for entry; for camping; dumping sewer; boat launching; dogs... what's next toilets? The County taxes also pay for parks. This is a County park. Soon only certain people will be able to afford it here. Not... More 

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Northbridge, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

There is a campsite along the beach area. Mostly RV's and a few tents. We went in the morning and the fog was lifting. It was serene. The seals were sunning on the rocks. The beach was practically empty. Water and beach seemed clean. The bird walk marsh trail is at the entrance to the Doran Beach Park. An easy... More 

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Anthem, Arizona
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65 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Some nice walking trails. The area is under repair so be gentle. No signs to road. Few water fowl. Typical boats.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

$7 will get you a day pass and parking within easy walking distance of the beach. Bring your own sand toys and you can have a ball. There was a lot of seaweed when we visited, so it was being used in some of the sand creations being built by kids. Not much shade, so plan accordingly. Flush toilets. If... More 

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Bodega Bay, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Doran Beach is located in the Doran campground. It's a very clean beach that's great for kite flying and families. There is a fee for day use parking. It's also a nice place to take a long walk on a flat beach. Many people bring their kayaks or small boats, however they also have a boat ramp and fish cleaning... More 

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Northern CA
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85 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

Nice family area, easily accessible with close by RV parking. Went early morning Sunday, left about noon and it was getting packed with people. Flat, nice sand for building castles, great for sitting and sketching, sweeping vista. Really nice.

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Thank flwergrl
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our day on the beach. No wind and the tide was going out at the time. The kids had so much fun. It is a place you need to be in shorts but wear a jacket. The bathrooms were foul. I could tell that they try to maintain them but some people in the public are gross pigs.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

We stayed at the entrance to Doran Beach at the Bodega Bay Lodge. That made this beach extremely convenient. It seemed to be a nice family beach and although somewhat private it looked to have a lot of activity for such an isolated looking area right off Hwy 1. There was a campground but we didn't explore. The land feature... More 

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