A hidden gem, which just happens to be dog friendly, is Blind Beach on the southern side of Goat Rock. The road to the beach is narrow but worth the roller coaster ride to the bottom parking area. The headlands and high cliffs are strewn with wildflowers. Sea stacks and a natural arch are just off shore. Pelicans, gulls and smaller sea birds abound. Deer graze the headlands. Lucky visitors will spot seals and whales. Occasionally there are surfers here but be forewarned that the waters are icy cold and mornings often foggy. It is wise to bring a jacket or sweat shirt. This is a beach for strolling and enjoying nature rather than being part of the bikini and suntan crowd. Those who venture here in the early morning on a week day or off season might encounter only one or two other humans on the beach. Search for the seep where the seabirds come to rest and drink. If one approaches slowly, in a calm and silent manner, the birds remain at ease and continue their activities allowing for wonderful photographs! High tide dramatically narrows the beach however at lower tides the wide soft beach can be walked down for well over a mile.
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