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Doran Beach

Bodega Bay, CA
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Safe beach, cold water.

This beach is sheltered from large waves and is excellent for beach coming or just wading. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Minden, Nevada
Clean beach

Clean soft sand and not too crowded. Lots of shells to find including sanddollars Parking available... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
vickee m
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Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Bodega Bay, CA
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Reviewed yesterday

This beach is sheltered from large waves and is excellent for beach coming or just wading. The water is very cold, and great white sharks are in the area , so swimming out from the shore is not recommended. But we took our son here...More

Thank NevadaHudson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Clean soft sand and not too crowded. Lots of shells to find including sanddollars Parking available and short walk

Thank vickee m
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Everything from long beach walking to body boarding and kite surfing. Doran Beach has it all. Pleasant calm Ocean water access. Both RV & tent camping. A beach park for the whole family to enjoy.

Thank CaliforniaWaveSlave
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We love walking on this beach, with or without the dogs. Midweek you can have the beach almost to yourself, especially in the off season. There's something so restorative about being at the ocean.

Thank terrabuona
Reviewed 16 October 2017

Love this place. The actual beach is just grand, plenty of room, gradual drop. But, on this spit of land there are also tons of birds. As you drive in, look to your right. Some of these areas can be walked. We always see great...More

Thank fiddlestogo
Reviewed 10 October 2017

This long spit of land encloses much of Bodega Bay. It's a park, a boat launch, a beach, and a camp ground all in one. Scenery is lovely. Can't comment on the camping facilities. Walk along the beach for miles from there, and that beach...More

Thank Bart C
Reviewed 27 September 2017

This kis a nice clean beach and park with camping facilities, and restrooms. Overnight camping is permitted and there are places for RV and trailer, plus tent camping.

Thank Inspecchi
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This is a large area with beaches for day use and camping. I made the mistake of wandering in around 1:30 on a Sunday afternoon for day use. Paid $7.00 and the only parking available was on the 'day use' jetty - I didn't even...More

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 6 September 2017

HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!! These people are scam artists. They promised us a '5-star' property which we rented (BEACH BREAK) and it was a pig sty. Filthy, ugly, dirty windows, musty odors and broken lights, etc. All told, our vacation was not a pleasant one. And...More

Thank Beth T
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We were not lucky one who could camp in Doran Beach. So, we did a day trip, we hung out on the beach for a few hours on a hot day. It's a nice beach with a long shoreline. Parking for day use is hard.

Thank savorymom
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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
28 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.