Sonoma Coast State Beach

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Sonoma Coast State Beach
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Claus W
Alameda, CA240 contributions
During our brief get-away weekend to Bodega Bay, we drove up the coast a little bit and hiked on the northern half of Kortum Trail. It's an easy hike close to the coastline, through beautiful meadows and with spectacular views of the fascinating rocky beaches. The weather cooperated with beautiful sunshine and a fresh breeze. On a Saturday morning, we had the trail nearly to ourselves. A very pleasant experience.
Written June 18, 2022
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kuratau
Lake Tahoe (California), CA9 contributions
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We camped for a week on one of the beachfront sites. Beachfront are no's 1-10. Our weather was perfect, no wind, no fog. If the weather is windy I can imagine that beachfront sites could be interesting in a tent as not many have good protection. This campsite was a great base to see the coast from. There is an easy 5 mile walk to Goat Rock starting at this campsite and it is a great central point for exploring the Sonoma coast, Point Reyes and inland to Santa Rosa. You need to book this campsite early as sites go fast. We could find no laundry facilities in the Bodega Bay area. The nearest was at Petaluma, a pleasant half hour drive away. We will definitely plan to go back there for whale watching or just another camping trip. Would try to get site No 4 or No 10 - they seem to have views and a little more protection for us tent campers if it is windy. Also, take a range of soft sand and really hard ground stakes for tent staking - you will probably need them both.
Written September 13, 2012
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Cyclone05
Des Moines, IA218 contributions
We arrived at the Sonoma Coast State Beach while the sun was low on the horizon, and stayed until it had set, enjoying the remarkable views and crashing waves. The beach is not sandy, but more like little pebbles, which makes it more conducive for strolling along than other beach activities.

All along the coast, out in the water there are lots of enormous craggy rocks which the waves break against. These rocks have been weathered over time, to the point where one has become an arch with a passageway all the way through.

A word of warning, though - don't go to this beach intending to swim in the ocean. All along the beach there are signs warning of the deadly rip currents and sleeper waves, which will drag you out into the ocean. According to the signs, this is one of the most dangerous beaches in California. We didn't press our luck, and stayed out of the water.

The Sonoma Coast State Beach is really beautiful, and it is nice to walk along and look at the awesome ocean and huge rocks. At sunset, as the sun sinks below the water, it truly is amazing to watch.
Written January 7, 2008
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wannabetravelin2
California65 contributions
We went to the beach to let our children play, and when we got there, the sign says its one of the states most dangerous beaches. My friend took the children to dip their feet, and even a shallow wave is going so fast it knocked our 4 year olds off their feet. The view is beautiful, but not a good beach for children.
Written April 6, 2013
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Sircling_the_Globe
San Francisco, CA13 contributions
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We went camping over Labor Day weekend at Wrights Beach camp site, which is situated on the beach. It has approximately 27 private sites, divided into two sections- campsites with a clear view to the beach and water, and camp sites with a bank of low growing trees between the site and beach. While the view from the sites without out the bank of trees is unbeatable, the bank of trees from the other side shelter your tent from the very windy beach. We stayed on the side with the tree bank and never had to worry about our tent blowing around, tying it down or losing sleep over the wind. The bathrooms were always clean & stocked and there were plenty of them, we never had to wait. The camp host was gracious and friendly, even hosting karaoke a couple of the nights. Each of the camp sites have a picnic table, fire pit and are generous in size- enough for a trailer, truck and personal space (although we only had our car and tent so we had even more room). It was wonderful walking down to the water to watch the sunset (1 minute from the camp site to the water) and then going to bed at night with the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep. Wrights Beach camp site is reasonably priced and approximately a 7 minute drive from the center of Bodega Bay town. There is only one negative about this camp site- there are no on site showers, however the showers at Bodega Dunes camp (a 5 minute drive) site can be used and are free.
Written September 4, 2012
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Sage C
Cool, CA245 contributions
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Everyone should take the drive between Bodega Bay & Jenner. Our teens were skeptical at first, but said it was a highlight of our trip. The rolling green hills on one side of the road and the ragged cliffs on the other resembles Ireland.
There are many beaches to choose from, but we chose Goat Rock in the hopes of finding seals. The parking lot to the right had bathrooms. We walked north on the beach past the driftwood structures to the head of the Russian River & found the large group of seals sunbathing. To the left were surfers, to the right was the river with homes dotting the cliff side. Instead of shells on the beach, there was driftwood & smooth pebbles.
We then went to the parking lot to the left (right at Goat Rock), where you can climb rocks. To the south, there is a picturesque arch rock and a dog-friendly beach.
Tip: Earlier is better, the roads, lookout points & beaches got more crowded in the afternoon. Prepare to be patient, we were stuck behind bicycle riders a few times.
Written April 4, 2016
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VNKSmith
Mississauga, Canada788 contributions
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The Pacific Coast Route #1 offers amazing vistas at every turn - the Sonoma Coast State Beach is one of those amazing beaches with eye-popping vistas from both the beach and the surrounding high hills. We visited Goat Rock State Beach, just one of the many beach areas that comprise the whole park. It's beautiful, simply beautiful. At the spot where the Russian River meets the Pacific ocean, there is a series of beaches, trails, and overlooks that could keep you busy all day long. Just a wonderful beach, a wonderful natural area, and views that will stay with you for a lifetime. How lucky individuals are who live in this area and can visit any time they wish - I'm jealous!
Written October 26, 2013
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Life. Death. TRAVEL!
Brookfield, WI162 contributions
Friends
Being children of the 80s, and therefore loving the Goonies, my girlfriends and I knew that we had to visit Goat Rock State Beach - one of the Sonoma Coast State Beaches - during our birthday celebration weekend in Sonoma County. Second to the fact that it is the sight of the famous final pirate ship scene in the film, the park is extraordinary. During the drive in, you get amazing views of the coastline and the incredible cliffs. There are many places to pull off and take some great photographs. There’s also a few parking lots that lead to small trails along the cliffs, allowing for differing yet all incredible views of the ocean, the cliffs, and the beautiful floral around the area. Once you’re all the way down to the beach, you can walk along to the point where the freshwater of the Russian River meets with saltwater of the ocean – very cool indeed! We could have set up a beach spot and spent the entire day just watching the ocean and enjoying the views!
Written May 14, 2012
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Claire M
Charlottesville, VA235 contributions
Couples
When I booked our two nights in Bodega Bay, I was worried that we might not have enough to do. We stopped at the Visitor's Center in Bodega Bay, and the incredibly helpful woman at the desk gave us local guides. The coastline is ruggedly beautiful, and you get a different sense of it when you are walking. The park has 17 miles of beaches along a mostly uninhabited coastline. We started at Wright's Beach, a wide and long beach with a campground. You can't walk the beach, as you will hit a headland. We walked about 1.25 miles to Shell Beach, and had hoped to go to Goat Rock....that was another 2.5 miles. I thought that Shell Beach would have shells...it was a little cove with fine, black, volcanic sand. The path winds its way thru dry fields. We saw lots of wildflowers in bloom....blue thistle, and stuff we could not identify. Amazing....we were about 65 miles from San Francisco, and we passed beaches, in the middle of August, that were deserted.
Written August 21, 2018
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Christine C
San Francisco, California, United States198 contributions
Friends
Recently I took a visiting friend for a drive of my favorite Highway. North from San Francisco over the GG Bridge exit Hwy 1 Stinson Beach. Within 20 minutes it's hard to believe the City isn't far away. Dramatic Scottish Glen type scenery with the added bonus of the Pacific Ocean. Spring time is exceptionally beautiful with all the wild flowers by the road side, can be foggy between June-Sept. Panoramic views and stunning countryside...stop at Tamales Bay, Nicks Cove for a lunch of fresh oysters, yummy! Continue to the Russian River and Jenner by the Sea.
Written May 25, 2012
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