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MENDOCINO Area

Anchor Bay Beach and campground was rated in the top three beaches by Sunset Magazine in 2009.
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MANCHESTER BEACHGLASS BEACH


The winds blow so hard out of the north 
that you want to tie your tent to the car
(seriously,bring extra rope to strategic-
ally tie your tent to nearby coyote brush
and ceanothus). But, when it's sunny, 
especially in winter or fall, Manchester
Beach can melt your heart. Nowhere is the
coastline so beautiful. Nowhere does the 
lighthouse stand so starkly against the 
sea and sky. And, probably, nowhere are 
the locals as friendly as they are here.
 

Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches
in the world, not because nature created it 
that way, but because time and the pounding 
surf have corrected one of man's mistakes. 
Beginning in 1949, the area around Glass Beach
became a public dump. It is hard to believe 
these days, but back then people dumped all 
kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, in-
cluding old cars, and their household garbage,
which of course included lots of glass. By the
early sixties, some attempts were made to 
control what was dumped, and dumping of any 
toxic items was banned. Finally in 1967, the 
North Coast Water Quality Board realized what
a mistake it was and plans were begun for a 
new dump away from the ocean.

FORT BRAGG
Located on the scenic Mendocino coast, surrounded by beautiful redwood forests and the Pacific Ocean, Fort Bragg offers a unique blend of natural resources, recreation, and scenery. Fishing, wood products, and tourism are the primary industries of this North Coast city.
Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Skunk Train
History of Fort Bragg

Stinson Beach
Photograph from Ocean Court Motel


There is always something to do or see in
West Marin County. Stinson Beach is a great 
place to stay while visiting the bay area as 
there are few sites as beautiful as the 
Pacific Coast and yet we are only a few miles
from all that San Francisco has to offer! 

Of course, most people spend a good part of 
their visit on Stinson Beach. Lifeguards are 
on duty May through October. Three and a half
miles of sand give plenty of access to 
swimmers, surfers, and sun bathers. The 51-
acre park adjacent to the beach offers more 
than 100 picnic tables. A snack bar is open 
April through September.

McClure's beach, which is smaller and more 
secluded, is accessible via a half mile walk.
Pounding surf and rip tides make it unsafe for
swimming or wading, but the cliffs around it 
are beautiful and the rocky outcrops are good
for viewing tide pools. The area around it is
part of the Tule elk preserve and large herds
can often be viewed if one hikes the Tomales 
Point trail a mile or two. 

HALF MOON BAY:
Visitor's Information
Scenic country roads, ocean panoramic views, golf courses & a driving range, deep sea fishing, horseback riding on the beach, fields of glorious flowers, vegetables, pumpkins, and Christmas trees, marvelous restaurants, superb hotels and inns
Chamber Of Commerce Web Site


PACIFICA:
Recreations - Best views of the Pacific Ocean. Experience the hidden treasures of the scenic beaches and breathtaking coastal bluffs. Pacifica's world famous fishing spots. Surfcasting, pier fishing, and crabbing are just a few things to do. Hiking/Walking, visit San Pedro Valley Park, Milagra Ridge, Sweeney Ridge, Sharp Park Beach, Cycling, Bird Watching, Running, Golfing or Paragliding
Chamber of Commerce

Pescadero:

CAPITOLA: Located in Santa Cruz on California's Central Coast, 65 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of Monterey. Capitola is on the northern side of Monterey Bay and towered by redwood forested mountains,

SANTA CRUZ has great weather and sunshire. Surf City is another name that Santa Cruz is known as. There are redwoods and mountains nearby. Santa Cruz is rich with cultural scenes, performing and fine arts compliment the natural beauty of the area. Santa Cruz County has 29 miles of beaches, 6 state parks and 6 state beaches. The weather is warm and the sun shines 300 days per year.

MONTEREY BAY: is where World largest Aquarium is located. You can find seafood restaurant serving fresh catches from the bay at the Fisherman's Wharf. You can see sea otters at play or watch the whales migrating during the season.
Photo by Kimberly of MagicKlass

Pacific Grove, is known for its migrating population of Monarch butterflies. A walk through the residential neighborhoods reveals many well-preserved, turn of the century, Victorian homes. History buffs can visit the Point Piños Lighthouse, the oldest operating facility of its kind on the California coast. The Monterey Bay recreational trail passes by Lover's Point, offering many opportunities to view sea otters, sea lions and occasionally passing whales. (From Monterey Chamber Of Commerce Web Site)

CARMEL BY THE SEA: Famous for it winding tree-lined streets, finely textured white sandy beaches, sophiticates galleries and quaint little Victorian cottages. Although small by size, this little town is bustling and it is one of a tourist destination of Northern California.
Carmel Valley is situated inland from CARMEL BY THE SEA and is a sunny oasis of vast rolling ranch land.
Carmel-by-the-Sea biggest attractions are also the downtown shopping district and its beautiful beaches. You won't find many sidewalks, street lights, neon signs or mailing addresses, but you will find specialty shops, boutiques, art and photography galleries and great restaurants.
Mission Carmel is just a short walk from the beach. Carmel Valley is a combination of sunshine and countryside. There are many wineries, rustic barns, vineyards and grazing animals, horse ranches, golf courses and parks. The valley retains the agricultural character of its history. It is 12 miles east of Carmel and is home to Garland Ranch Regional Park.

PEBBLE BEACH: World famous for its multi-million dollars golf course and the multi-million dollars homes on the 17-Miles drive.

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