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Kids loved it

Hard to find a parking place on weekends. Beach had a gentle slope and was protected from big waves... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
Great beach, camping, & birding

Doran Beach county park is lovely and peaceful. It is open for day use, equestrian riding, and... read more

Reviewed 27 August 2017
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Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“fog horn” (12 reviews)
“sonoma county” (14 reviews)
“regional park” (8 reviews)
Bodega Bay, CA
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

Hard to find a parking place on weekends. Beach had a gentle slope and was protected from big waves so it was good for kids. The sand was clean and at the place where we were, there were rest rooms but no food. Bring your...More

Thank Pixelpanderer
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Doran Beach county park is lovely and peaceful. It is open for day use, equestrian riding, and camping. Great for families, with a flat sand beach and easy trails. Lovely views of Bodega Bay. Marsh areas undergoing restoration have a variety of birds.

Thank docbruce
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We could hear sea lions nearby. The beach was pleasant and we walked all the way from one end to the other. Pretty and fun with a slight stink!!

Thank Panda M
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Let's begin and end with the message that this beach is the safest place to go if you want to visit a North Coast beach. Seriously, Wright's Beach located a few miles north of Bodega Bay has had 126 drownings since the 1930s. Many North...More

Thank Tim A
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Doran is a Sonoma County Regional Park with an expansive beach. It's protected by Bodega Head so there is seldom much in the way of surf, and the gradual shoreline makes it a safe play area for kids. It's a very popular beach, as are...More

Thank PatB-Sonoma
Reviewed 27 July 2017

We heard it was busy here and it was approaching 4th of July. We decided to go early in the morning and see the sun rise and it was absolutely perfect. There was a bit of fog but it rolled away with the wind (bring...More

1  Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

For those who don't know Bodega Bay, you can't predict the wind and therefore temperature. It's beach weather with an extra kick... We have been here twice now, both in July. One year it was cool, warm, cool (in one day) and then just cool...More

Thank Arismommy
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Long sandy beach - great for kids - because waves are small- and for walking dogs. Plenty of tables for picnics (come early on weekends because the parking fill ups). $7 entry charge (Regional Park)

1  Thank Spiffy4
Reviewed 17 July 2017

If you are in Bodega Bay, you should visit this beach. It is... a beach... not particularly interesting... flat, with a few trees... the wetlands behind it is more interesting.. a number of birds and wildlife to view. Some hiking trails... Parking is limited and...More

Thank CJ2020
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We have a dog with fear of other dogs and we're incredibly pleasantly surprised to find that every dog out yesterday morning (and there were lots) was on a leash as required and people were really respectful of our dog's space. He had a blast.

1  Thank Natalie K
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4 September 2017|
Response from 1wanaka | Reviewed this property |
My adult kids have camped there with friends and enjoy it a lot. They also enjoy Lawson's Landing for camping at the beach.
2 July 2017|
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Response from Jason A | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure you can. It looked like people were but it don't so not sure
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.