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Schooner Gulch State Beach, Point Arena

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.2/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Schooner Gulch State Beach is a beach located in Mendocino County, California. It is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Santa Rosa. It offers a scenic spot along the Mendocino coast and a stunning perch for watching sunsets. Visitors to the beach come to surf, fish, and picnic.Marine Protected AreasThe Point Arena State Marine Reserve & Point Arena State Marine Conservation Area are two marine protected areas that extend offshore from Point Arena, which is three miles north of Schooner Gulch State Beach. Sea Lion Cove State Marine Conservation Area and Saunders Reef State Marine Conservation Area lie south of Point Arena. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.
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  • Poor parking, moderate hike to reach beach and very beautiful upon arrival. No restroom facilities fyi. Very secluded and romantic. 
  • First, check the tide table and go at or near low tide if you want to see the so-called bowling balls. Second, take a map or GPS or have Google Maps open because it's very easy to miss. There is no pa...  read more »
  • The trail down to the beach is interesting, the views are pretty. Visitors should plan on going at low or slack tide. The picture on the website is of the entire sets of rocks that resemble bowling ba...  read more »
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