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About Shell Beach in Sea Ranch, California

Shell Beach is surrounded by private property in the Sea Ranch community, but it is a Sonoma County Parks beach and is open to the public. The beach here is like getting 2 for 1. Shell Beach has two small sandy coves divided by a rocky point but still connected on the sand. There is a public parking lot along Highway 1 just south of Whale Bone Reach Road. From the lot a wide access trail takes you to the beach (about a 2/3 mile hike each way). Toilets are provided at the parking area. The beach is stunning, but don’t venture into the water as it is too cold and dangerous for swimming.

39200 Highway 1
Sea Ranch, CA 95497
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee for parking
Walking, Fishing, Birdwatching, Photography
Toilets, Trails
Map of Shell Beach
The Sea Ranch, US
4:47 pm, May 25, 2024
temperature icon 66°F
L: 45° H: 66°
Feels like 65.32 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 9 m/s
UV Index: 2.93
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:54 am
Sunset: 8:27 pm
Humidity 60 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 9 m/s

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