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Safest bet along Sonoma Coast

If you looking for the safest beach as well as picturesque Doran is a good bet. When clear you can... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Andy C
via mobile
Great beach - one of the last to allow dogs

Love this long protected stretch of beach! Such a great walking beach. Good family beach and... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
via mobile
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Challenging windsurfing beach located in Bodega Bay.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

If you looking for the safest beach as well as picturesque Doran is a good bet. When clear you can see all the way to the opening of Tamales Bay. There's a $7 day use fee, but get there early on the weekend or you...More

1  Thank Andy C
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Love this long protected stretch of beach! Such a great walking beach. Good family beach and awesome you can bring your dog on leash. Always a favorite!!

1  Thank 1wanaka
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

We love Doran. Even though it gets extremely busy, we like the picnic benches, flush toilets, and sprawling beach. Cons: parking (especially during busy season)

Thank redreader36
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Although it was windy (normal), it was a wonderful day for walking and exploring the beach. The birds were lively, the waves were crashing and the sand was therapeutic What a lovely way to spend a day!

Thank Sharon L
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Best place ever to cool off in the summer and enjoy the ocean in this area without dangerous surf. Great camping too!

Thank WinecountryMartha
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

This Place was great. Clean sites and there was on site water fill up. $7.00 dollar dump site. No power at our site "86" short walk to the beach and bathrooms just down the way with hot showers but sure you bring quarters though. Definitely...More

1  Thank Jason A
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

We lucked out with the weather clearing off. Blue sky. You walk on a long & wide sandy beach. It's near a Bird Estuary So Hawks are constantly flying right Over your head. There's a nice campground there too

Thank Carla H
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Doran Beach is a long spit of land running into Bodega Bay. We were there for Memorial Day weekend and had a fine time. It is a mile or more of fine sand, with convenient parking off the road. You pay $7 (2017) to drive...More

2  Thank QuineTravels
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Great accessible location, nice sheltered beach, clean restrooms with flush toilets and a coin shower. But if you want peace and quiet this is not the place. As I write this our neighbors in large RV's are running very loud generators. I was hoping for...More

Thank napanomad2
Reviewed 17 May 2017

One of my favorite beaches but a tourist magnet. Oodles of rude from parking lot to bathrooms. It is a great place to ride your horse, which i do weekdays otherwise folks come out of the woodwork to complain one way or another. Bit steep...More

Thank sanfranfam2016
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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
29 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.