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Bodega Bay

Welcome to Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay, not to be confused with Bodega, is a charming little place located on the Pacific Ocean. With a population of a little over 1,000 people, this is not a well-known or well-traveled place, and residents prefer it that way. Most people who come here or live here do so because of the Bodega Bay, which is a beautiful and interesting place to visit all year as it provides plenty to see and do.

Lay of the land

With a stunning location perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, it’s easy to fall in love with the views and nature. In fact, others have noticed too as the movie The Birds, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, had plenty of scenes from Bodega Bay. Also, many scenes from the cult horror movie, The Puppet Master, were filmed here. With warm, but certainly not hot, and dry summers, people in Bodega Bay take advantage of everything there is to see.

The main attraction, of course, is the bay itself. Here, one can relax, kayak, walk around or even fish. With such amazing scenery, it’s easy to spend a day hanging out in the bay eating at the restaurants, visiting the shops and taking it all in.


Much like with other rural towns and cities, Bodega Bay residents rely on their cars and trucks to get around. People without a car or visitors who don’t drive can use the bus as the Mendocino Transit Authority has a couple of routes that visit this sparsely-populated town. But, with a car, one can hop on Highway 1 or make the drive and get to Highway 101, where it’s easy to access the cities of Petaluma and Santa Rosa, as well as the rest of the Bay Area. Heading north, it’s easy to access a lot of small and quaint towns, all located on the water.

Local Highlights

The main attraction for most people is Bodega Bay and the ocean. It’s a marine habitat that is used for commercial and sport fishing, as well as shellfish harvesting. While not warm enough to swim in, the bay is beautiful enough and has enough to see that most people can spend entire weekends exploring. There is the more well-known Point Reyes National Seashore, which is a short 15 to 20-minute drive south on the beautiful Highway 1. Here, a visitor will have hundreds of picture taking opportunities, as well as more boating and fishing opportunities.

One main benefit of living in Bodega Bay is the location. It’s easy to get to downtown San Francisco by driving over the Golden Gate Bridge by taking Highway 1. From Bodega Bay, it’s also easy to drive to Oakland and Berkeley. All in all, within an hour drive, one can access many major cities and interesting towns along the way. The great thing is, while Bodega Bay is not far from a major city, along with major city things such as airports and culture events, a resident will not feel that he or she is in a chaotic city as Bodega Bay is very relaxing.

For those who like exploring smaller town highlights, it’s easy to do so in Bodega. By hopping on the highway, it’s possible to visit wineries in the famous Napa Valley. There are wineries for every style and budget, and one can easily visit a dozen in a day. Simply put, the location is hard to beat. Whether looking to visit a winery, a major city, the ocean or wildlife protected areas; people living in Bodega Bay don’t have to drive too far to enjoy it all.

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