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“Wonderful side trip when in Windsor”
Review of Goat Rock Beaches

Ranked #2,550 of 9,478 things to do in California
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Owner description: These beaches are some of the most appealing along the Sonoma Coast because of their diversity.
Reviewed 16 May 2014

While staying in Windsor, I had wanted to drive along the coast and also see Bodega Bay and the Country Store (famous for the movie "The Birds"). We stopped at this park, parked the car, enjoyed the views, the sea lion pups (the whales were not to be seen when we were there) and loved this side trip. If it had not been so windy/chilly, we would have opened up our picnic lunch to enjoy. We will save that for another visit. It is an enjoyable drive to Jenner, Bodega and the parks when taking a break from wine country.

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Reviewed 3 October 2013

We so enjoyed this park and we visited it twice. Each time to take in the sunset, but the second time we made sure to come early in order to take advantage of the short trails, beach walks and variety of views the area offers. What a special place to enjoy a few hours after a busy afternoon of wine tasting! The water was freezing and the wind breezy but the experience irreplaceable. It is open dawn to dusk so plan your time accordingly.

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Reviewed 4 September 2013

It was very cold and windy the day we visited here. We came her to see the sea lions that often lounge on the beaches. Unfortunately, the area where the sea lions were lounging was roped off so we could only see them from quite a distance. Kayaking seems to be the preferred method for sea lion viewing. There were some nice views, but nothing spectacular. I probably would not drive all the way out here again.

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Reviewed 1 August 2013

I am originally from this area (Marin) and this is my very favorite beach. Amazing rock formations, diverse beach areas, harbor seal sighting opportunities, dunes, and a beautiful accessible but still secluded feeling beach. Highly recommend this as a perfect stop on the California coast. Best time for a coastal visit is either spring or fall when the air temp is not much different than the water if you want a clear day. Summer often results in a foggy or overcast day unless it is super hot out to burn though the characteristic northern coast summer mist.

Thank Rachel P
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Reviewed 12 June 2013

Goat Rock Beach is across the Russian River from Jenner, CA, down a long winding road that ends at a small parking lot with access to the beach. The beach is a short walk from lot and there is no need to hike down a cliff or up over a huge sand bern. There is also a restroom with running water, which was quite a surprise since many of the other stops along the route only had outhouses.

The clouds that day gave it a slightly ominous feel since the ocean is dangerous in the area. There are signs indicating a servere rip tide so no swimming is allowed, but it's a fun beach nonetheless. The beach is clean and a great place to picnic and watch the harbor seals that line up on the sand along the river.

I highly recommend spending a few hours enjoying the views!

Thank Lisa N
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