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. An adventurer’s playground with opportunities on land and sea, Bodega Bay is 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.
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.
- 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.
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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