Welcome to The Sonoma Coast
Striking cliffside views, sandy beaches and raw untouched beauty.
A twenty-mile stretch of dramatic coastline towering above the Pacific Ocean, less than an hour away from the heart of Northern California’s wine country is home to some of the state’s most beautiful beaches, tranquil hiking paths, and completely unparalleled scenery. The Sonoma Coast
is a blissful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of urban life, with an agreeable climate enjoyed throughout the year.
One of coastal California’s more quiet regions, the Sonoma Coast is a breathtakingly beautiful part of the state. Locals and visitors alike enjoy fresh fish, renowned restaurants, untouched coastline and unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean. There are beautiful waterfront homes, several vacant lots ready for building, and a bit more inland, expansive plots overlooking the endless vineyards of Sonoma wine country. Locals prize the area’s peace, privacy and serenity.
What to Love
- Some of the most jaw-dropping scenery in the state of California
- Less than an hour from the heart of Sonoma County wine country
- Beaches, parks, and trails offer plenty of options for outdoor recreation
- Peace, serenity, and a break from fast-paced city life
One of the most beautiful regions in the nation is home to unbelievable, towering cliffs high above the endless blue of the Pacific Ocean. The Sonoma Coast is a short drive from the heart of wine country, ensuring plenty of options for quick and easy weekend getaways. An even-tempered climate throughout the year makes outdoor recreation even more enjoyable, whether it be enjoyed on the sandy shores or high up within the lush greenery of the mountaintops.
Waterfront eateries serving fresh Pacific seafood are popular places to enjoy special occasions or spontaneous evenings out, while the adjacent beach is an excellent spot for exploring tide pools, whale watching, or simply enjoying a moment of solace with the soundtrack of waves crashing in the distance.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
This stunning coastal location is afforded easy access to some of the freshest seafood around. These fresh meals are enjoyed with panoramic views serving as the backdrop in surprisingly casual settings, allowing for a chance to breathe and slow down.
The Birds Cafe
in Bodega Bay, where Alfred Hitchcock filmed his classic production, “The Birds,” is a scenic site for fish tacos, fish and chips, and other seaside specialties topped with locally grown California avocados and artichokes. Ocean views are enjoyed from the breezy patio space with quirky, yet charming decor, paying tribute to the community’s cultural significance.
Nearby, Spud Point Crab Company
is situated on Bodega Harbor’s waterfront with a long menu showcasing a variety of in-season Pacific seafood. Their famous clam chowder is made daily, seafood sandwiches are frequently enjoyed with breezy ocean views, and several menu items have appeared on numerous regional “best of” lists.
Across the water, Fishetarian Fish Market
offers a similar menu served seven days a week. On-site dining is enjoyed with a waterfront view as the perfect backdrop, but takeaway beach picnics are also popular.
Things to Do
Of course, the most popular spot for recreation is the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean where both locals and tourists alike enjoy a variety of activities. Beachgoers can frequently be found combing the shores for hidden treasures, exploring tide pools for native marine wildlife, and whale watching.
Also a place for quiet refuge, no other more perfect spot can be found to cuddle up with a good book. Above the shoreline, Salt Point State Park
covers over 6,000 acres of coastline, complete with over 20 miles of hiking paths, and six miles of sandy shores.
South of Bodega Bay, Doran Regional Park
is another waterfront splendor covering 127 acres and two miles of beaches for picnics, kite-flying, surfing, and swimming.
Sonoma County’s coastline offers many high-ranking educational opportunities for students of all ages such as: