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“rough campground for tent campers”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Doran Beach

Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Bodega Bay
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Owner description: Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.
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“rough campground for tent campers”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

If you're tent camping, the campground is rough. There's almost no shade, zero privacy, and sites are about ten feet apart. That's probably why 90-percent of the sites were occupied by RV's during my visit last weekend.

Unfortunately I had a tent. On Friday night, the people next to me stayed up until 1:15 a.m. partying and talking in loud voices. The foghorn in the bay would have been a welcome relief compared to those inconsiderate campers. Then they got up at 5:30 a.m. and instead of whispering or talking in low voices, one guy in particular decided everyone else should be awake too.

Second night, same exact thing started happening. Partying, loud voices, bright lantern on the picnic table (all this about ten feet from my tent). Fortunately this time it only lasted until 11 p.m. Sunday night was a lot better. Quieter and less crowded. The partiers had gone home. I figured out that Doran County Park can be a weekend party destination for Bay Area people. There are rules against this, but I saw three cars parked at tiny sites designed for two cars. Quiet hours go ignored. Oh, and to top it off, my firewood was stolen from my campsite during the day while I was gone!

Probably a decent campground if you have an RV and you stop by during the week - but in a tent on a weekend - it's quite noisy and there's no privacy except inside your tent. I wish the rangers or campground hosts would enforce quiet hours (10 pm to 6 am) but they don't.

Oh, and yes, there are showers - one for men and one for women. They're both connected to the restrooms meaning there's a good chance you'll be showering in one stall while someone else is using the bathroom in the stall next to you and you can hear and smell everything.

Visited April 2013
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Healdsburg, California
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55 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Beach for a stroll alone or with dogs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is a great beach- we come here often as we live within an hour's drive. Walked it early this morning- beautiful and quiet.
There is a County Parks entrance fee but we walked in so it's free

Visited February 2013
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Thank Rick G
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Bakersfield
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133 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“ocean front property”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

Great place to camp with the ocean right in front of you. Very pleasant Sonoma County employees that seem to really welcome your visit. Located close to some beautiful drives.

Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Mary H
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Sonoma
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Well maintained and family oriented”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

This park is very clean. Lots of bathrooms and you can walk on the sea side or visit the estuary on the other and bird watch. This is a great place to bring the kids or grandkids; they can run around to their hearts content. If you are an RV camper, their camps look very well run, clean and orderly.

Visited January 2013
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Thank SonomaFoodie
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Berkeley, California
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110 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Beautiful Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Loved the ocean access and the bird sanctuary walking trails. There is a day fee but it is worth it for the access to the beach.

Visited January 2013
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1 Thank SilverStar-7
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