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Beautiful, clean,wonderful beach for walking and reflecting

Although it was windy (normal), it was a wonderful day for walking and exploring the beach. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sharon L
Palo Alto, California
Lovely local beach

Best place ever to cool off in the summer and enjoy the ocean in this area without dangerous surf... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.
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  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed yesterday

Although it was windy (normal), it was a wonderful day for walking and exploring the beach. The birds were lively, the waves were crashing and the sand was therapeutic What a lovely way to spend a day!

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Best place ever to cool off in the summer and enjoy the ocean in this area without dangerous surf. Great camping too!

Thank WinecountryMartha
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Place was great. Clean sites and there was on site water fill up. $7.00 dollar dump site. No power at our site "86" short walk to the beach and bathrooms just down the way with hot showers but sure you bring quarters though. Definitely...More

Thank Jason A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We lucked out with the weather clearing off. Blue sky. You walk on a long & wide sandy beach. It's near a Bird Estuary So Hawks are constantly flying right Over your head. There's a nice campground there too

Thank Carla H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Doran Beach is a long spit of land running into Bodega Bay. We were there for Memorial Day weekend and had a fine time. It is a mile or more of fine sand, with convenient parking off the road. You pay $7 (2017) to drive...More

1  Thank QuineTravels
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Great accessible location, nice sheltered beach, clean restrooms with flush toilets and a coin shower. But if you want peace and quiet this is not the place. As I write this our neighbors in large RV's are running very loud generators. I was hoping for...More

Thank napanomad2
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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 17 May 2017 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 10 May 2017

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 25 April 2017

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
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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?
29 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.
13 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
10 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