Known for its rugged beauty, the Sonoma Coast boasts several communities that offer a unique mix of small town coastal charm and luxury. The largest of these towns, Bodega Bay, is Sonoma County’s gateway to the Pacific Ocean. Home to great restaurants, beaches, and the fishing fleet that provides the delicious Salmon and Dungeness Crab found in local restaurants—although it may be better know as one of the settings of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”—Bodega Bay has been highlighted in Sunset Magazine and Dwell. There are plenty of hotels and vacation rentals to choose from if you are visiting from out of the area. Discover some of our favorite spots while you are here.
The Birds Cafe – This sweet spot has outdoor seating that overlooks the Bodega Bay harbor. The menu is simple, with great fish and chips, and local beer.
Fishetarian Fish Market – Located next to the Lucas Wharf Restaurant, Fishetarian offers delicious fare in a casual environment. In addition to the great food, beer and wine, you can also buy fresh seafood to take home with you.
Terrapin Creek – It is no surprise that Terrapin Creek has been awarded a Michelin Star—the food is outstanding with a friendly atmosphere that reminds us of a welcoming neighborhood cafe.
Spud Point Crab Company – The clam chowder is not to be missed. Located across the street from the fishing fleet in Bodega Bay, Spud Point Crab Company boasts seafood fresh from the Pacific.
Bodega Head – Once the proposed site for a nuclear power plant, Bodega Head has the best view of the local coast. Get there by driving to the end of Westshore Rd. and then up the hill. This is a top choice for a short walk or whale watching.
Doran Beach – Located on the spit of land that encloses the Bodega Bay harbor, Doran is a long flat beach that is protected from the brunt of the Pacific Ocean’s power. There is camping available, but be sure to reserve your spot far in advance.
Kortum Trail – Located north of Bodega Bay proper, the Kortum trail offers 8.9 miles of hiking on the bluff above the Pacific.
Fisherman’s Festival – The Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival kicks of the opening of the salmon season in April with a blessing of the fleet. The festival offers food, music, wine and beer, and plenty of family fun.
Farmers Market – Hosted by the Bodega Bay Community Center, this market feature fine local fare on Sundays from 10am-2pm.
We love to check the current wind speed and weather at the coast before planning our day trips using the Bodega Marine Lab live update.
Other nearby communities worth visiting are Jenner, Bodega, and Valley Ford.