The Sonoma California Coast can be a pleasant day trip from San Francisco, just head north across the Golden Gate Bridge onto highway 1.
Sonoma Coast Attractions
(from south to north)
Pinnacle Beach offers views of the distinctive rocky outcroppings that give the beach its name. A half mile hike through a canyon leads to the beach. Parking fee, restrooms.
Doran Beach Regional Park is just south of Bodega Bay, it has a
bay side and an ocean side. The ocean side has a nice long slope into deep water and it is somewhat warmer than surrounding beaches, meaning you can stay in the water for a full minute instead of the standard 30 seconds. The park hosts a Castles and Kites Festival
in April. $6 Day use fee, camping facilities, dogs on leashes allowed. (Pictured left)
Marshall Gulch, dogs on leashes allowed.
Sonoma Coast Beaches
The beaches are generally closed at sun down.
Salmon Creek Beach has strong rip currents. Restrooms, no dogs allowed on this beach.
Carmet Beach at low tide is a good place to find some tide pools. Restrooms, dogs on leash allowed.
Schoolhouse Beach, the path down to the beach is paved partway. Restrooms, dogs on leash allowed.
Portuguese Beach is a long, sort of protected beach. Restrooms, dogs on leash allowed.
Gleason's Beach has no signage and an unimproved path to beach. No toilets.
Rocky Point has an unimproved path to beach. No toilets.
Duncan's Cove and Landing offers a great view. Do not attempt to go down the rocks to the water. No toilets, dogs on leash allowed. (Pictured left)
Wright's Beach a large beach with occasional irregular sleeper waves. Do not attempt to go out on Death Rock. Camping facilities. Dogs on leash allowed.
Furlong Gulch, dogs on leashes allowed.
Shell Beach has lots of parking but a steep and difficult path to the beach. Low tide brings tide pools. Toilets.
Blind Beach is on the way to Goat Rock Beach. Toilets, dogs on leash allowed.
Goat Rock Beach is where the Russian River meets the ocean. Harbor seals and sea lions gather at the mouth, usually from April to August. Arched rock is also visible from the beach. Perhaps most notably the final scene of Goonies was filmed here. Do not approach goat rock. Restrooms, dogs on leash are allowed on the south side.
Fort Ross Park is a 200 year old Russian fur trappers settlement which has been restored. Visitor's center and museum open 9-5 daily, camping facilities, and a visitor's fee.
Salt Point State Park, hiking and camping facilities. (Salt Point State Park pictured right)
For more information visit the Sonoma Coast State Beach website.