All the beaches along the Highway 1 in Sonoma County form the Sonoma Coast State Park. The beaches of South Salmon, North Salmon, Schoolhouse, Portuguese, Duncan’s Landing, Shell, Blind, and Goat Rock form the map of the park. The total coastline falling under this park is approximately 17 miles. Not all of the coastline is made up of beaches, some areas are just rocky cliffs with water lashing against the rocks. One of the best ways to explore this park is to hire a car and drive down the Highway 1, making stops at the beaches. You can go hiking on the trails situated near the sea or set up a camp at the bodega Dunes Campground. If you are into fishing, there are mouths of rivers in addition to the open ocean for fishing. There are picnic tables at all the stopover points for you to enjoy a breezy lunch. You can spend a couple of hours driving or spend a day at the seaside depending upon your preference.
Sonoma Coast State Park Travel Tips
- The water of the Pacific Ocean is dangerous around here. Swimming on beaches is not recommended.
- Be cautious if you have children along with you.
- The beaches are unguarded so do not take any risks.
- There are warning boards in dangerous areas.
- Overnight stays and camps require bookings.
- The coast can be cold, foggy and wet in summer too. Pick a crisp, sunny day to venture out on the beach.
Entrance Ticket Details For Sonoma Coast State Park
- 7 USD per vehicle for senior citizens.
- 8 USD per vehicle for adult.
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77.19% of people who visit Sonoma include Sonoma Coast State Park in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
37.04% of people start their Sonoma Coast State Park visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Sonoma Coast State Park
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sonoma Coast State Park
Sonoma Coast State Park Reviews & Ratings
This is one of our favorites. It has a good amount of driftwood so allows for fort building. It has sand and not just gravel. We tend to come in the mid morning as it can fill up as the day goes on. Parking is decent and there are primitive toilets. The road down from the highway gets really narrow at the end. Drive slow and careful.
Very nice sunning. One side pet friendly. Public facilities with no running water - think slightly modernized out houses. No swimming due to currents and "sneaker waves". Good place to hangout and relax.
Beautiful beach, I remember after I came back from my father's funeral from Lima-Perú, I went there and pour out to God my broken heart. I decided to worship God all morning until 1.30pm. Read my Bible and had a little seagulls friend sit next to me the whole time since 9.am. I always love to come back there to worship my Sweet Lord Jesus!
A great unique scenic area with beach access. There is plenty of parking and access to two beaches on either side of the Goat Rock parking area. There is even an arched rock formation off the coast that is visible from the parking area.
Amazing coastline! Exciting park! Adventurous one-lane road down to the sandy jetty and to a huge rock isthmus! Fantastic views of crashing waves, a giant rock with an ocean portal, and grassy slopes falling off into cliffside beaches. Plenty of sea life above and below. And a river view to boot!