A Sonoma County beach at sunset

Beaches

Sonoma County's more than 55 miles of gorgeous shoreline includes long sandy beaches, secluded coves, rocky crags, stone arches, and sheer cliffs. The area is rugged, dramatic, and scenic – yet approachable. Relax on the beach, take a hike, camp, or enjoy a romantic, private picnic. Follow the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) to explore the picturesque coastal villages of Bodega Bay, Jenner, Timber Cove, The Sea Ranch, and Gualala. Wear layers; early-morning fog can burn off to reveal bright, blue skies. Get a free Visitors Guide and Map.

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Goat Rock Beach Photo
Highway 1 and Goat Rock Road, Jenner, CA 95450

Goat Rock, near the mouth of the Russian River, is known for its scenic shoreline and easily accessible sandy beach. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are also available. Goat Rock beach is home…

Sonoma Coast State Park Photo
7095 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Long sandy beaches below rugged headlands, a craggy coastline with natural arches and secluded coves are features that make Sonoma Coast State Park one of California's most scenic attractions. The…

Stengel Beach Coastal Access Trail in The Sea Ranch Photo
37900 Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

A trail that is .12 miles one way and leads to a small beach reached via a steep staircase. Look for seasonal waterfalls from a stream spilling over the bluff. This is the largest parking lot of the…

Shell Beach Coastal Access Trail Photo
39200 Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six public access trails in The Sea Ranch, a private community south of Gualala. Trails start at Highway 1 parking areas and cross bluff-top meadows and forests to…

Salt Point State Park Beach Photo
25050 Highway 1, Jenner, CA 95450

Just below the visitor center in Salt Point State Park you will find the rocks beach called Gerstle Cove. No fishing is allowed in this area because the waters in Gerstle Cove are protected by Gerstle…

Scotty Creek Beach Photo
5750 Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

There aren't many parking spaces and there's no official parking lot, but Scotty Creek Beach is an excellent beach where Scotty Creek flows under Highway 1. About halfway between the towns of Bodega…

Campbell Cove Photo
Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

This sheltered cove near Bodega Head offers a flat beach that can be quite large at low tide and mostly underwater at high tide. Not a busy spot, at low tide it can be a good place for a picnic, or…

Black Point Coastal Access Trail in The Sea Ranch Photo
35050 Highway 1, The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

The quarter-mile Black Point Trail is the southernmost of the six Sea Ranch public access points. It is also the longest beach among the access trails. Black Point Beach is a sandy shore that curves…

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