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Sonoma Coast State Beach

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Address: HIghway 1, Between Jenner and Bodega Bay, Sonoma, CA
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A state park and beach recommended for fishing, walking and picnicking.

A state park and beach recommended for fishing, walking and picnicking.

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Wow just beautiful!

Came out on Saturday afternoon and it wasn't crowded. There are many beaches along this coast to choose from, each having its own name and uniqueness (I didn't even realize that... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Amissville, Virginia
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Amissville, Virginia
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51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came out on Saturday afternoon and it wasn't crowded. There are many beaches along this coast to choose from, each having its own name and uniqueness (I didn't even realize that each area had their own name). Just be careful because the way down to the beach can be very steep. They normally would have a path but out children... More 

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Downingtown
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110 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Drove from Bodega Bay to Fort Ross with friends who havenit been to CA in almost 59 years. Lovely views, the ocean wass a perfect hue, picnicked in Jenner.

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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Salmon creek beach is my favorite spot and I love it because there is a nice cove that protects from wind.

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Windsor, California
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174 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Schoolhouse is a very cool beach, tide pools that contain crabs and other crustaceans, The beach is rocky, not much sand but still easy to maneuver. Waves crashing on the rocks is an awesome sight and gives one pause of the might of nature As much as we like the beach at Schoolhouse there is another great feature there. If... More 

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Petaluma, California
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88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

It's a great beach to hangout and watch surfers, hike down and collect driftwood, shells and watch people. It can be completely crowded or just a few souls. Just north of Bodega which is a great place to visit and eat as well.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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410 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

One of the nice wide beaches along the coast. Stopped to see the sunset. A nice spot in Sonoma to walk around.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

Beautiful shoreline, clean beaches. Regret not making every beach point. Not enough time. Traffic was a little congested with road repairs, really on a SAT?

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New Providence, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Breath taking view along Hwy 1. Nice beach under cliff. However you will need to hike down. The temperature is lower near ocean. Many people just sat there enjoy the view. Parking lots were full and many people parked on the side of highway during Indian summer. Specular view of rocky point to the north with wide sandy beach.

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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

We made this drive from Sonoma up and back the same day. It's incredibly beautiful. The drive requires patience and a skilled driver. Don't rush this allow time to enjoy at a reasonable pace. Wharf area and beach in Bodega really neat to see. The town of Jenner - quaint and beautiful.

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Woodland
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34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

This place is absolutely breathtaking. If you love the ocean or just need a spot to reflect, then this is a must visit. Located south of Jenner, CA off of Highway 1. There are trails which take you along the coastline as well as down to the beach. No bikes or dogs allowed on the trail, but I occasionally saw... More 

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