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Beautiful Bodega Bay

Visit the Coast of the Pacific Ocean and Relax in This Outdoor Community

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From Sausalito to a quiet sleepy beach paradise isn’t as far as you might imagine. If you are looking for the perfect relaxing weekend, or even day trip, away from Sausalito and want a place where you can enjoy the surf and the ocean breeze away from crowds look no further than Bodega Bay.

The perfect way to get away from it all and enjoy the Northern California coastline, Bodega Bay is known for its outdoor-friendly activities, bed and breakfasts, whale watching, and fishing opportunities. Without having to drive all the way to the far reaches of the rugged north coast, you can enjoy the beauty of the Pacific and the calming influence of the ocean.

A small community between Jenner, where the Russian River meets the ocean, and Point Reyes, Bodega Bay has all of the amenities that you would expect in a California beach town without large amounts of traffic and congestion. Even in the summer months, the crowds remain at a manageable level and there is plenty of space to roam and enjoy the quiet close to town.

Parks and Outdoor Activities in Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is the epitome of a beach town, and most of the outdoor activities prevalent here involve the beach or ocean in some fashion. Rent a surf board, paddleboard, or ocean kayak and enjoy the waves, hang out on the beach and build sand castles and more with the whole family, or simply enjoy the miles of beaches that are in and around Bodega Bay. The beach parks in Bodega Bay are well maintained and generally free from disturbance and debris, making them some of the most beautiful that you will find in the state.

There are also many individual and group campgrounds available in and directly around Bodega Bay for you to enjoy. Take the family or a group of friends and relax beachside, camp out, and enjoy the sunsets directly in front of your site!

Fishing in Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is particularly well known for its fishing as well, with local areas for shore fishing, charters, abalone diving, and more all accessible. For fishermen, Bodega Bay is a playground throughout the year with plentiful catches of a variety of species both from shore and from the charter boats that take customers out for different seasons. Abalone diving and crabbing are also very popular fishing activities in the Bodega Bay area and campers often reserve spots during both crab and abalone seasons to take advantage of being able to catch fresh seafood right off the coast of their campsites.

Whale Migration in Bodega Bay

One of the biggest draws for the Bodega Bay area each year is the annual migration of Blue and Gray whales. This is one of the few areas in which these magnificent mammals pass close to the coast of California and can be regularly seen from both boats and shore. The migration typically peaks between January and May each year but sighting often occur year round.

If you are looking for the perfect quiet outdoor getaway from Sausalito, a plentiful fishing area on the coast, or just want to get out and enjoy the Pacific Ocean, look no further than Bodega Bay.

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