Protected by a bay from the wild whims of the Pacific Ocean, Bodega Bay is a picturesque fishing village on the Sonoma Coast that harbors sights, sounds, and activities — by land or by sea — that call to the adventurer in all of us. Bodega Head, a rocky cliff that overlooks the ocean, is perfect for strolling along the cliffs and watching for migrating whales.

Find secret coves and beaches by paddling on a kayak during a guided tour. Discover your inner Beach Boy by taking surfing lessons from Bodega Bay Surf Shack. Catch your own dinner on one of the local charter fishing cruises. For those who are taking out their own boats Fisherman’s Cove offers fishing tackle, picnic supplies, fresh seafood — especially oysters — and chowders. If you want to sit and be served, a good meal with a great view can be found at the Tides Wharf Restaurant.

As you head north, you’ll pass public, yet protected, beaches that are part of the Sonoma Coast State Park. Driving just a few miles inland, you’ll reach the tiny town of Bodega. This was the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, which still gives viewers a temporary case of ornithophobia 50 years after its release. Find details about Bodega Bay hotels and lodging.

Sonoma County Leave No Trace Coalition

 

Together, we can protect and preserve the beauty and natural resources of Sonoma County for generations to come. Check out our page on Sustainable Travel, and look over the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

 

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With breathtaking views, sandy beaches and picturesque towns forming Sonoma County’s western border, a drive down Hwy. 1 is more than…

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Camping in Bodega Bay, one of the most gorgeous spots on the Sonoma County coast, is an experience unlike any…

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Late fall through winter is considered off-season at the Sonoma Coast, but we consider them ideal times to visit our…

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Unfurling along a particularly stunning stretch of Sonoma County’s rugged coastline, Bodega Bay is a favorite destination for locals and…

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The magical Sonoma Coast is surprisingly sunny and warm in the winter, beckoning with succulent crab feasts in Bodega Bay and exhilarating…

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There’s something about seeing one of these beautiful and massive creatures gliding through the ocean that brings out a sense…

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Only about 4 miles long and 1 mile wide, Bodega Head shelters the bay and harbor from the power of…

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Visitors to the Sonoma Coast town of Bodega Bay are in for a wonderful treat. Not only can they pick up…

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Breathtaking California beaches, rugged coastline, the legendary Pacific Coast Highway (known as Highway 1 to locals), and picturesque villages — Bodega…

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Whether you want to hook a fish, pull up a pot of crabs, or get up close with whales and…

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Embark on an iconic California road trip along the famous Highway 1. Exploring the more than 50 miles of dramatic…

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Bodega Bay is approximately one hour from the town of Sonoma, which makes it a slam-dunk destination for a perfect day…

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There are few things better in life than fresh-from-the-sea goodness draped in garlic butter and kissed with lemon, or deep-fried…

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It’s time for a clam chowder lunch in Bodega Bay! Bodega Bay, the California beach town and harbor immortalized on…

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Nestled into a particularly beautiful stretch of Sonoma County’s 55-mile Pacific coastline, Bodega Bay is a favorite getaway for travelers and…

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After filming “Shadow of a Doubt” in Santa Rosa, Alfred Hitchcock returned to Sonoma County in 1963 to film “The…

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