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About Bodega Dunes Beach in Bodega Bay, California

Bodega Dunes Beach has a large state park campground and an extensive coastal dunes structure in the town of Bodega Bay. The beach at Bodega Dunes is vast and remote so beachcombers will be delighted to spend a day out there. Horseback riders are a common sight along this long sandy shore.

If you’re up for it, we recommend walking south on the beach (about 1.5 miles) to Mussel Point where you’ll find a hidden spot punctuated with several sea caves. You can climb around on the rocks at the point, but like always on the Sonoma Coast, keep your eyes on the ocean as sneaker waves commonly crash ashore. Walking north on the beach leads to South Salmon Creek Beach, a popular surf spot. There are many trails through the dunes behind the beach. All are open to hikers and some are open to horseback riders, but consult park maps to know where you are going.

The campground is excellent but it’s not right on the beach, so even if you are here camping you’ll probably want to drive to the beach. The Bodega Dunes day-use parking lot is at the end of a windy paved road that starts on the right just inside the park entrance gate. An accessible path and boardwalk leads to a viewing platform and a ramp that descends to the beach.

The entrance road to Bodega Dunes is on Highway 1 just north of Bodega Bay. The day-use area is open daily from 8am to dusk every day. They charge an entrance fee for day use, but it’s worth the cost of admission. Camp spots can be reserved online through ReserveCalifornia. Bodega Dunes Beach, the dunes, and the campground are all part of Sonoma Coast State Park.

Bodega Dunes Rd
Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Park Name
Sonoma Coast State Park, Bodega Head State Marine Reserve
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on beach or dunes, but are OK on leash in the campground
Fees for day-use parking and camping
Hiking, Beachcombing, Equestrian Use, Camping, Surfing, Beach Walking
Campground, Trails, Restrooms, Picnic Tables, BBQs, Dunes, Sea Caves, Driftwood
Map of Bodega Dunes Beach
Bodega Bay, US
5:30 am, May 30, 2024
temperature icon 52°F
L: 52° H: 61°
Feels like 50.88 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:51 am
Sunset: 8:29 pm
Humidity 90 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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