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Address: Bodega Bay, CA
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Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.

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Quick drive through

We drove through the beach on July 2 which apparently was the same day of a HUGE community firework show. So for someone who likes camping out at the beach this would have been... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 July 2016
Alaster83
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Windsor, California
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176 reviews
75 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

A popular beach near Bodega Bay is Doran Park, a Sonoma County Park. We purchased the yearly Sonoma County Regional Parks Senior Day Use Parking Pass, good for one year that costs $49.00 which gives us 12 months of free parking at more than 50 regional parks, plus you receive one free night of camping when you purchase the pass.... More 

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Thank byebye2u
Edmonton, Canada
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

We were only here for a quick stop, might have stayed longer but it was very windy & cold, we did get there late in the day. Still beautiful though , great little campsite too. 👍

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California City, California
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38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Well I am a desert rat so this area was not my cup of tea. It was cold and windy. The marine layer was pretty thick so very little sun. But on the plus side I found lots of lil silver dollars. Cost $7 so just go up the coast a little was on the PCH & u/ find "public... More 

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Isleton, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I love listening to the fog horn on those foggy days then suddenly you don't hear it any longer because the sun has come out and you forgot your sunscreen.

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Thank 361dbm
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89 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

We drove through the beach on July 2 which apparently was the same day of a HUGE community firework show. So for someone who likes camping out at the beach this would have been the perfect day ! Unfortunately , it was unusually cold on that day and there was an overcast with lots of fog so many did not... More 

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Thank Alaster83
Lincoln, California
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We like staying at Doran Beach Campground when the weather warms up in the valley. No hooks up for power or sewer but has dump station ($7.00) with plenty of faucets around to hook up at your camp site (bring multiple hoses). Select your site carefully as it does get windy often and some do offer protection. Fire rings are... More 

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Thank Scott S
Santa Rosa, California
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79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Doran beach is a great spot to get out and walk the beach and search for shells... No climbing down cliffs to get to the water...

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Thank Nuthin_Nice
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

This was a great beach to visit. You can pay to access via the main entrance, or you can park for free at the golf course and have access to a much larger and less crowded beach - excellent for kite flying and hiking/exploring!

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West Sacramento, California
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I did an overnight tent visit to Camp Miwok on Doran Beach to see if it would be appropriate to bring our children in the future. Our site (H) was beautiful, well shaded, close to the beach, parking, and the restrooms and showers. It comes with a fire pit (half of which was covered with a grill)... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I went to this beach with my family about 530 one evening. It was absolutely gorgeous. The beach was pretty clean, there was plenty of parking, the bathroom facilities were clean and close by, there are bbq grills that are readily available and it wasn't crowded at all. What more could you ask for?

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