Local Area Guide

Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is located 68 miles north of San Francisco along the Sonoma Coast. Bodega Bay was made famous as the location for Alfred Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds.”

Hitchcock chose Bodega Bay for his film since the short story by Daphne DuMaurier took place in an English seashore village where murderous birds attacked the local villagers. The film was released in 1963 with several of the buildings in the film still in existence. The 150 year old Potter School was repaired for the film and is a private residence today. The Catholic Church and the film shots of children running from the schoolhouse were shot on Taylor Street in Bodega Bay (1/2 mile north of the Visitors Center). Some of the restaurant scenes and the gas station fire and boat dock scenes were shot at the Tides Warf and Restaurant. For more movie information see www.bodegabay.com/features/birds.


Bodega Bay features excellent recreational opportunities including leisure strolls along the shore. Doran Beach is a 3 mile long sandy beach adjacent to our tide pool area. Most of the entire Sonoma Coast is lined with miles and miles of accessible beaches. When the tide recedes, the tide pools reveal star fish, sea urchins, crabs, mussels and barnacles.

Enjoy boating or fishing on the bay or ocean (there are commercial boating companies ready to take you). Try kayaking the bay or local estuaries to experience the variety of sea life. Don a wet suit for surfing, boogie boarding or wind surfing.

The coastline at Bodega Bay has some of the best spots along the northern California shore. The local surf shops can outfit you and provide the local wave and weather conditions.

Bodega Head reaches far out into the ocean and provides the ideal setting for hiking and whale watching. Or drive out to the Head and listen to volunteers talk about the sights and sounds of the passing whales on their migration route.

Bodega Bay is known as one of the best bird watching locations in Sonoma County. Try a round of golf on one of the most challenging and picturesque courses in Northern California.

Shopping and Galleries

Find your treasures at the plentiful art galleries and studios. Bodega Bay is home to many artisans because it’s serene beauty inspires creativity. Shopping in our boutiques for gifts, T-shirts and tasty morsels will round out your stay.


Bodega Bay features a nice variety of restaurants from upscale to down home. Because the bay faces west, the romantic sunsets are a staple to those restaurants on the coast. Click here to view a list of local Bodega Bay restaurants.

Other Bodega Bay Activities

If you are seeking some extra relaxation, there are quiet retreats to seek out along the ocean or the restful hills along the coast or the spas at the Sonoma Coast Villa or Bodega Bay Lodge.

Bodega Harbour Golf Links

View from Upper Courtyard Fairway to Bay

The 14th Hole at Bodega Harbour Golf Links just outside our back door.

Enjoy a Scottish style links course right outside the back door of The Coastal View. The Bodega Harbour Golf Links features a challenging 18 hole, par 70 layout designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

Much of the golf course has been recently renovated. Many of the holes on the Bodega Harbour Golf Links have terrific views of Bodega Bay and the surrounding area.

Bodega Harbour is consistently rated as one of the top courses in Northern California. With its mounded fairways, rolling greens and unmatched views, this is truly one of golf’s greatest settings and one of the few coastal golf courses in Northern California.

The course is open seven days a week. Learn more…