Bodega Head, Bodega Bay

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Bodega Head is a small promontory on the Pacific coast of northern California in the United States. It is located in Sonoma County at, approximately 40 mi (64 km) northwest of San Francisco and approximately 20 mi (32 km) west of Santa Rosa.The peninsula, which is approximately 4 mi (6.4 km) long and 1 mi (1.6 km) wide, emerges from the coast to the south. It shelters the shallow sandy Bodega Bay and the inner portion known as Bodega Harbor. Sonoma Coast State Beach comprises beaches and dunes along the south side of the promontory. The University of California, Davis runs an ongoing marine biology program at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. The laboratory is located on the grounds of Bodega Marine Reserve, which is part of the UC Natural Reserve System. The peninsula is considered a prime spot to observe the migration of whales. It is also one of the three points of the Red Triangle, a major feeding ground for great white sharks. A series of trails are a popular destination for recreational hiking.
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  • Just take a short drive out the point and you can see the pacific ocean .and on the drive down you can see town ..  more »
  • Worth a visit to see the fields, the sea and the rock front. Takes a while to drive but quite a big place to do a trail. Glad i did that.  more »
  • You should carry a map or Google maps, the road to find and to keep the orientation. Follow the small coast road from Bodega Bay, so "you can learn" a slowdown with the car. The ride decelerated, one comes to rest. It rutted, so - slow ride. Shortly before the last country corner of Bodega head is a Y-shaped crossroads, you can either left (what means "a bit left") turn or right (which means "very sharp right to 170 degrees"). You drive to the left, to get on a dirt road, and after a short distance on a hill. There is final and not much to see. You can park and contact - and nothing more. You chose the turn to the right, continues yet a good piece, and at the end you end up in a parking lot. Here are guaranteed more visitors, more is going on here. You should of course get off, even if it is very windy and cold, and you can walk straight to the front page (!) of the parking lot, so not only where the car stop where. From this side of the face, you have truly spectacular views of the wild sea, and it's extremely steeply into the depths. No shut-off, danger to life! Care of children and animals, and not too close to the edge to approach (I'm very serious, it is really dangerous).
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