California Beaches

Mendocino, CA Beach Travel

Big River Beach & Portuguese Beach Outlining Mendocino Headlands State Park, Big River Beach is the perfect backdrop to the quaint Mendocino Village that surrounds, at the mouth of the Big River. The beach is also part of a 7,400 acre wildlife corridor, shared by neighboring Portuguese Beach. Beneath the coastal bluffs, crashing waves and plenty of walkable beach create the perfect photo opportunity or space to picnic, sunbathe or whale watch. Mendocino The Eel River If fishing and calmer tides strike your fancy, head up to Northern Mendocino County and pay a visit to the Eel River. The South Fork in Leggett can reach higher temps in the summer months and is perfect for fishing, tubing and swimming. Leggett Glass Beach Visit Glass Beach and see just how this North Coast beach came to earn its name. Glistening, polished pebbles of glass left over from a 1960's-­era recycling site remain decorative reminders of the area's past. Part of MacKerricher State Park, Glass Beach is a visitor favorite and the array of tide pools that inhabit is a delight for both children and adults. Fort Bragg Bowling Ball Beach & Schooner Gulch With unique rock boulders molded into spheres resembling bowling balls, this beach is particularly amusing during low tide when the rock structures are most visible. Situated on the South Coast, expect ample picnic areas