If you like wine tasting, you will know all about Santa Rosa. Located in the heart of the wine country, Santa Rosa is famous for the legions of world-class wineries on its doorstep. But there is more to the city than grapes. Travel a short distance from the city limits and you will find dozens of stunning beaches. Some are wild and adventurous, others are docile and gentle. They are all beautiful and they are all worth a visit. If you are traveling to the area, here is our guide to the best beaches in Santa Rosa, CA.
Despite its popularity, the Portuguese beach never feels too crowded or too crowded. Surrounded by rocky headlands and covering a vast area of land, the beach is one of the longest in the area. As inspiredimperfection.com writes, the beach is a great destination for rock fishing and surf fishing, picnicking, kite flying, and strolling on the water. As dogs are allowed on the condition that they remain on a leash, it is also a great place for dog walkers (although it is worth noting that some dog owners forget the leash warning and let their dogs run freely; stay alert if you’re not a big dog lover).
Although the water seems tempting, be warned: the surf is too strong to get involved; in fact, it ranks as one of the deadliest in the area. Play it safe and enjoy ocean views without venturing into the water. If you want to swim or surf, you will find many much safer places to do it. To access the beach, you can park in the main parking lot at the southern end of the Portuguese beach. Once you have parked, you will find a winding dirt path that leads directly to the beach. The trail is a bit rough so be sure to be vigilant, especially if the ground is wet. Once you get to the end of the trail, you will need to climb over some rocks to get to the beach. If the main parking lot is full, you will find another parking lot and a beach access trail just north of the pickup area along Highway One.
Scotty Creek Beach
At low tide, you can walk directly from Portuguese Beach to Scotty Creek Beach, a huge pebble beach that spans 17 miles of California’s stunning coastline. Although the surf is too rough for water sports, it is a beautiful beach for rock fishing, strolling, picnicking, and taking in expansive ocean views. Although there is no official parking for the beach, you can access it quite easily using the parking lot at Portuguese Beach.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore is a 71,028-acre park reserve located on the Point Reyes Peninsula. As Wikipedia points out, as a national coast, the US National Park Service maintains the area as a major nature preserve. Set against a backdrop of rugged headlands, Point Reyes attracts thousands of visitors each year to admire its overgrown slopes, its diverse species of flora and fauna, its forested ridges, its lunch grasslands, and of course its extensive beaches. . To make the most of the reserve’s beaches, plan to spend a day walking between them. Begin by taking the Limantour Spit trail to reach a long, narrow stretch of happily unpopulated beach. As well as being a great place to stroll, the beach offers tantalizing views of Drakes Beach over Drakes Bay. Continue to windswept, wild, and wave-lashed North Beach and South Beach. Finish off by taking the Tamales Point Trail for some of the best ocean views in the area.
Dillon Beach is a private beach that belongs to the Dillon Beach Resort. Don’t worry if you’re not staying at the resort (though it’s worth considering whether you can afford the splurge. By all accounts, it’s one of the best accommodations in the area) – for a small fee, anyone can enjoy the small but impressive Beach. The mile-long beach sits between the Tomales mouth and the entrance to Bodega Bay, a lookout that guarantees magnificent views in any direction you look. Even in high season, the beach is rarely crowded. If you want to enjoy the sun and sand without competing for elbow room with a thousand tourists, it is ideal.
Sonoma Coast State Beach
Sonoma County is not short of state parks, but few can rival the beauty of Sonoma Coast State Beach. Consisting of a series of extraordinarily picturesque beaches separated by rugged rocky cliffs and towering headlands, the park stretches from …