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Doran Beach

Bodega Bay, CA
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Great beach but forget weekends

One of my favorite beaches but a tourist magnet. Oodles of rude from parking lot to bathrooms. It... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Beautiful, sandy beach with convenient parking

As we were staying at the hotel close to Doran, we went to the beach for the morning. The intense... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sunnyvale, CA
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Reviewed 5 days ago

One of my favorite beaches but a tourist magnet. Oodles of rude from parking lot to bathrooms. It is a great place to ride your horse, which i do weekdays otherwise folks come out of the woodwork to complain one way or another. Bit steep...More

Thank sanfranfam2016
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

As we were staying at the hotel close to Doran, we went to the beach for the morning. The intense winds had not yet started so it was a lot easier to walk along the beach and overlook bodega bay. Cost 7?bucks for entrance.

Thank ECL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent views and nice place to relax. Be sure to bring a jacket, blanket and maybe even a kite. It isn't really warm here but the amazing views make up for that. The parking is free at several different spots.

Thank anarayan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of interesting Pacific Coast birds with superior viewing opportunities. The Anna's Hummingbirds were especially helpful in posing on perches there.

Thank Ken P
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We were in the area and visited the beach/camping area. Very impressive, clean and seemingly well utilized, even in January!

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 1 April 2017

a good walk to beach from hotel. leave your car at hotel. county park with vehicle fees. hard sand to walk on. can be cold and windy.

2  Thank Mark W
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Good access to beach has both day use and RV and tent spaces. Barbecues in all spaces. Clean and tidy

1  Thank vinabette
Reviewed 7 March 2017

We have a 27 foot trailer. This location is spacious with various areas available for camping, Reserve early. it fills up fast. Also i would suggest driving though at least once to find out which area you want to stay. As mentioned different areas seem...More

Thank Steve M
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Saw many shore birds to include snowy plover, juvenile sanderlings, surf scooter, and whimbrel.... sunny day so lots of people walking dogs....

Thank Terence1430
Reviewed 31 January 2017

This is a pretty popular beach destination. The waves lap up gently and there is a good section of nice beach to walk. Tends to be windy here so if you're thinking of camping consider RV-ing it so you don't get blown away.

Thank mrt1955
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Can you shore fish from Doran beach? And is there a general store near the campground where I can buy tackle?
28 July 2016|
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Response from Heather B | Reviewed this property |
I have seen people fishing, yes. There's not a store right near he campground but about a mile away in Bodega Bay town there are stores and a gas station.
Cell service? Does the campground get AT&T or Verizon? Must have for work.
12 July 2016|
Response from hennesseystealth | Reviewed this property |
I had no problem with Cricket Wireless, which runs on the AT&T network.
Mey S
Any recommendation on which site is better to stay at? Less wind, less crowded. And where exactly is this fog horn? Closer to the jetty? Thank you
9 July 2016|
Response from Nuthin_Nice | Reviewed this property |
Doran beach gets pretty packed especially during holidays... But then again so do the other camp sites in bodega.. The fog horn is approximately 200 yards from the parking / camp sites and the furthest point... The area is... More