Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is a quaint and relaxing fishing village on the Sonoma Coast.

Welcome to Bodega Bay

Picturesque seaside town represents the best of coastal living––on land and by the sea
Bodega Bay is a quaint and relaxing fishing village on the Sonoma Coast with stunning protected beaches, secret coves, and amazing seafood restaurants. Residents appreciate living in an area that provides the best of coastal living. Bodega Bay also has a fascinating history, as the town once functioned as the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, The Birds.

Catch your own fish on a local charter cruise, take a guided kayaking tour, learn how to surf from Bodega Bay Surf Shack, or visit Bodega Head to look out at the ocean and spot migrating grey whales. Having Bodega Bay real estate gives you access to an adventurer’s playground with opportunities on both land and sea as a stunning and idyllic seafaring town awash in Pacific scenery.

This small and welcoming town happens to be located along one of Sonoma County’s most stunning stretches of rugged coastline, making it an ideal base for planning scenic coastal hikes. It doesn’t matter which of the four main Bodega Bay hiking trails you choose, each one is guaranteed to offer exquisite ocean views and maybe even a chance to see migrating whales crest above the water.

Considering its numerous trails, beautiful beaches, excellent galleries, and charming oceanside shops, Bodega Bay has become a hotspot for Sonoma County residents and visitors alike. There is plenty to do in this charming small town, bolstered by the tight-knit and active community that regularly hosts fun, family-friendly events throughout the year.

  • Chowder Day Competition: Every January, the Bodega Bay Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a chowder competition with many local restaurants participating. It also doubles as a charitable fundraiser to support local businesses and the community. 
  • Hitchcock Film Festival: Bodega Bay continues showing its love to iconic film director Alfred Hitchcock with an annual showing of some of his most famous films, including The Birds which was filmed in town. 
  • Fisherman’s Festival: Celebrate the start of salmon season and the local fishermen with this family event that includes a wooden boat challenge, live music, craft booths, and great food. 
Fresh California seafood is in abundance in Bodega Bay. Whether you are craving rockfish or Dungeness crab, Bodega Bay is the go-to location for seafood lovers.  The Tides Wharf & Restaurant is a casual and scenic seafood restaurant and market boasts unmatched views of Bodega Bay. The Tides has remained a favorite to locals and visitors for over 50 years.

Try the world-famous clam chowder at Spud Point Crab Company, a no-frills café akin to San Francisco’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf. For upscale fine-dining, you can’t go wrong with Drakes Sonoma Coast inside the Bodega Bay Lodge.

Enjoy sunset views across the ocean while relaxing inside the recently renovated Fireside Lounge or sip from a glass of award-winning wine while sampling artisanal cuisine like scallop aguachile crudo paired with pickled beets and smoked crème fraîche or the local catch of the day prepared to perfection.

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Overview for Bodega Bay, CA

2,511 people live in Bodega Bay, where the median age is 52.1 and the average individual income is $54,906.83. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

52.1 years

Median Age


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Demographics and Employment Data for Bodega Bay, CA

Bodega Bay has 1,016 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Bodega Bay do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 2,511 people call Bodega Bay home. The population density is 59.28 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

61.49 / 38.51%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
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Commute Time

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Around Bodega Bay, CA

There's plenty to do around Bodega Bay, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Nom Nom Cakes, Dressmaker, and Happy Place Health Center.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.23 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.21 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.19 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.42 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars

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