Get Outside & Play


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In Gualala, Sea Ranch and the surrounding areas, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Be sure to pick up trail guides and other information in our office.

Just call us: 800-773-8648 or outside the US 707-884-9601.

Coasting Home's Suggested Activites

  • Local Guided Walks with THE UNBEATEN PATH

    Unbeaten Path Tours will Connect You to Place with their unparalleled private & personalized nature tours and yoga workshops. Sharing their passion for all things nature, Unbeaten Path Tours brings guests to specific and unique areas visitors would otherwise miss if going it alone and share with them aspects of the region such as history, geology, marine ecology, birding, flora, little-known facts and more.

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  • Abalone Diving

    Mendocino Coast Abalone: The major diving attraction along Mendocino coast is abalone. Spear fishing is also popular and in August of 2000, the US National Free-diving Spearfishing Championships were held in the Russian Gulch area just 6 miles south of Noyo.

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  • Gualala Beaches

    1. Black Point Beach (mile marker 50.85): Trail .3 miles
    2. Pebble Beach (52.29): Trail .3 miles
    3. The Hot Spot (not pictured on map): (Sea Ranch Guests Only) This tucked away haven is located right on the south fork of the Gualala River and boasts a wide rocky beach, picnic areas, ample parking and portable restrooms. A pretty place surrounded by trees and much calmer than the ocean beaches, the wind doesn't blow as hard, but the sun is just as present - and so is the wildlife! Take Annapolis Rd east to Timber Ridge Rd, turn left, then turn right onto River Beach Rd and continue until you see the signs for The Hot Spot. Take your lunch, a blanket, and enjoy!
    4. Stengel Beach : Just north of the White Barn, the stables, and the Olson Recreation Center.
    5. Shell Beach (55.24): Trail .6 miles
    6. Walk-On Beach : Just north of mile marker 56.08
    7. Gualala Point Regional Park (58.19): South side of the Gualala River bridge. Visitor's center (west side of the highway) has displays, maps, information counter. Wonderful long, sandy beach that stretches into the Gualala River as well as many trails along the bluffs and meadows above. River and surf fishing here, river and ocean beaches here.

    8. Please note: The above beaches are Sonoma County Regional Park beaches and require a small fee. Gates are open from sunup to sundown. The beaches on the Sea Ranch (Walk-On, Shell, Stengel, Pebble, and Black Point) are open to the public, however, wandering off the trails is prohibited.

    9. COOK'S BEACH (not numbered on map) (3.14): on County Road 526. A trail and steps to lovely wild beach which changes from sandy to rocky depending on storms and tides. 
    10. Anchor Bay Beach (4.64): Did you know it's really called Fish Rock Gulch Beach? An excellent diving and walking beach here - access for a small fee.
    11. Schooner Gulch (11.41): Find the "PARK FACING SOUTH" sign. Parking is on the north side of the concrete bridge. There are two trails here: one down through the gulch, and the other beginning a few feet up the highway, crossing the bluff, and descending onto a section of the beach just south of Bowling Ball Beach (a phenomenon not to be missed)!
    12. Bowling Ball Beach (Whiskey Shoals): (11.41): Find the "PARK FACING SOUTH" sign. Parking is on the north side of the concrete bridge. There are two trails here: one down through the gulch, and the other beginning a few feet up the highway, crossing the bluff, and descending onto a section of the beach just south of Bowling Ball Beach (a phenomenon not to be missed)!
    13. Mote Creek (12.88): Just down the hill from Bowling Ball Beach with easy access to the same beach - a tide pooler's dream.
    14. Point Arena Pier (near 14.85): turn west onto Iverson Avenue at the bottom of the hill in Point Arena. This 100 year old wharf replaced in 1990 now provides public fishing facilities (no fishing license required) - as well as boat launching, toilets, and coin- operated showers. Fresh fish is often available off local commercial fishing boats. A popular spot for local surfers and divers - but tide-pooling and beachcombing are also excellent here. There is also a lot of parking, bait and tackle shop, and two restaurants: the Point Arena Bar & Grill and Pizzas and Cream.
    15. Manchester State Beach (21.48): Drive a mile or so past the KOA to the parking area and walk across the dunes to the beach. This is the closes point to Hawaii in North America! And the site of AT&T's Hawaii One telephone cable. The five mile stretch of sandy beach is excellent for beachcombing, bird-watching, kite-flying, and surf-fishing. The Garcia River provides salmon and steelhead fishing during the winter.
    16. Glass Beach: Fort Bragg, explore tide pools and comb the beach for trash turned into treasure by the waves. What was once a dumping ground has now become a preserve.





    Gualala Area Beaches

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  • Bird Watching

  • Gualala Day Trips

    Looking to take a day trip south or north from the Gualala/Sea Ranch area? Check out these great destination points up and down our coast! For more detailed information visit the websites listed, or pick up a guide magazine in the Coasting Home office.

    South

    Fort Ross

    Fort Ross State Historic Park: Step back in time and visit this historic Russian settlement. One of the oldest California State Parks, Fort Ross holds annual reenactments and daily tours. Great for the whole family!

    North

    Elk

    Force 10 Tours: Kayak the Pacific Ocean from Elk, enjoy a 2 hour tour or longer adventure if you choose. For beginners or advanced kayakers. See ocean caves and marine life up close!

    Little River

    Little River Inn Golf Course: 707-937-5667

    Point Cabrillo Light Station: A museum, a lighthouse, whales to view, and a small aquarium.

    Mendocino

    Art of Chocolate: One pound of rich, moist cookies packaged about an hour after baking and shipped in a one pound crate - wherever you want, or pick them up when you stop in to sample all the other wonderful handmade truffles and chocolates, fudges and toffees these delightful people make!

    Catch a Canoe & Bicycles Too: 707-937-0273 in Mendocino

    Ford House: Visitor's center, museum of model ships, and elaborate model of the town of Mendocino.

    Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: 47 oceanfront acres of gardens with a small admission fee, cafe', events year round, open until 4 or 5 depending on the season. Visit www.gardenbythesea.org for pictures and details.

    Sweetwater Spa: Hot tubs, saunas, massage, Swedish, free hot tub with massage.

    Village of Mendocino: An historic village, Mendocino boasts blocks of shops and restaurants to take in your day. You'll find books, toys, antiques, glassware, pottery, jewelry, and so much more. Drawing visitors from far and wide, this hamlet has marvelous coastal views to tantalize you as you meander through its streets. About an hour north of Gualala on Hwy One.

    Fort Bragg

    All Aboard Adventures: Charter the Sea Hawk for your next adventure! See whales, get married, watch the sunset, fish and enjoy yourself.

    Emerald Dolphin Minigolf: 18 holes anyone? Full arcade, full theme parties, and more.

    Fort Bragg Cyclery: 707-964-3509

    Glass Beach: Fort Bragg, explore tide pools and comb the beach for trash turned into treasure by the waves. What was once a dumping ground has now become a preserve.

    Guest House Museum: three story mansion that houses 150 years of Mendocino coast history. Come to Fort Bragg to tour this fantastic museum and grounds.

    Maness Photography: Visit the Fort Bragg Depot to have old-time photos made from the days of the settlers. Fun for all ages. Same day photos. 707-962-0555

    North Coast Brewing Company: "One of the 10 best breweries in the world"! Home of the Red Sea Ale, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout and Scrimshaw Pilsner; stop in their Tap Room & Grill for food and fun.

    Pacific Star Winery: Enjoy wine tasting and a picnic atop this bluff top vineyard location. This remote spot is perfect for watching whales in season and try the rare Charbono-only 82 acres left worldwide!

    Ricochet Ridge Ranch: Horseback riding in Fort Bragg, kids over age six.

    Skunk Train: Ride the rails through the Redwoods and experience the hills the way they did in the old days. Perfect for a family trip or a romantic getaway. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day! Open through most of the year, though not the extreme winter months

    Symphony of the Redwoods: 50-piece orchestra performing classical and pops concerts.

  • Gualala Golfing

    South to North:

    The Sea Ranch Golf Links

    Come enjoy our world-renowned challenging, Scottish style golf course!

    Call 707-785-2468 for tee times.

    Little River Inn Golf Course

    Please call 707-937-5667 for more information.

    Emerald Dolphin Minigolf: 18 holes anyone?

    Full arcade, full theme parties, and more.
    www.emeralddolphin.com/minigolf.htm
  • Great Picinic Spots

    Gualala Picnic Spots

    Gualala Point Park: On the south side of the river, you'll find this great state park with acres of walking trails through the meadow or along the bluffs, down to the beach and even along the river. Stop into the visitor's center and picnic at the trailhead or at any point along the way at one of the memorial benches. Parking is $5.00 or annual passes are also available.

    Gualala Arts Center: On the north side of the river, picnic tables, trails and Redwoods, plus the gallery too!

    Annapolis Winery: Annapolis (35 minutes east of Gualala) 26055 Soda Springs Road, Annapolis. Call 707-886-5460.

    Fort Ross State Historic Park: Fort Ross (45 minutes south of Gualala) Step back in time and visit this historic Russian settlement. One of the oldest California State Parks, Fort Ross holds annual reenactments and daily tours. Great for the whole family!

    Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: Mendocino (1 hour north of Gualala) 47 oceanfront acres of gardens with a small admission fee, cafe, events year round, open until 4 or 5 depending on the season.

    Point Cabrillo Light Station: Midway between Mendocino and Caspar (1 hour 5 min. north of Gualala) Enjoy a tour on a Sunday 11am to 1pm June through September. This Lighthouse and preserve mark some of the most beautiful land in the area as well as historic buildings including a carpentry shop. Visit their website for more information.

    Glass Beach: Fort Bragg (1.5 hours north of Gualala) Tidepool and treasure hunt! Be sure to bring a sturdy pair of shoes as the path down to the beach isn't easy.

    Pacific Star Winery: 12 miles north of Fort Bragg (1.5 hrs north of Gualala). Unique wines and the building sits above an active fault line! Great views too! Satellite tasting room in Fort Bragg itself at 401 N Main St at the Depot Mall. Call 707-962-9463.
  • Local History & Sights

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    Point Arena Pier: This beautiful 100 year old wharf replaced in 1990 provides great fishing, a boat launch, a beach that's great for combing, excellent views for whale watching and birdwatching, and the cove sports two tasty restaurants.

    Fort Ross State Historic Park: Step back in time and visit this historic Russian settlement. One of the oldest California State Parks, Fort Ross holds annual reannactments and daily tours. Great for the whole family! www.fortrossstatepark.org

    Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens: 47 oceanfront acres of gardens with a small admission fee, cafe, events year round, open until 4 or 5 depending on the season. Visit www.gardenbythesea.org for pictures and details.

    Gualala River: Gualala, Native for "water coming down place". The story of the Gualala River is rich with the history of indigenous peoples (the Kashaya Pomo), the logging industry, the boom of the town itself, and of course the habitat preservation issue. Read about our area in a fantastic book "qhawala'li: A History of Gualala, Mendocino County, California" available at our local bookstore, The Four Eyed Frog at Cypress Village. Call today for your copy! 707-884-1333 http://gualalariver.org/

    Guest House Museum: three story mansion that houses 150 years of Mendocino coast history. Come to Fort Bragg to tour this fantastic museum and grounds.

    Force 10 Tours: Kayak the Pacific Ocean from Elk, enjoy a 2 hour tour or longer adventure if you choose. For beginners or advanced kayakers. See ocean caves and marine life up close! www.force10tours.com

    Point Arena Lighthouse: In operation since the mid 1800's this lighthouse is 143 steps high. Climb all the way to the top for panoramic views of some of the most wild, dramatic coastline you're likely to see in your lifetime. www.pointarenalighthouse.com

    Gualala Arts Center: Take a class, view a showing, watch a performance, take in a concert, walk the grounds, join us for a festival, just come and enjoy what Gualala Arts has to offer at one of its three locations. www.gualalaarts.org

    Fort Bragg Galleries: Variety of galleries ranging from glass to fabrics. Pick up your copy of the Mendocino Traveler's Guide at Coasting Home for a detailed list.

    Point Cabrillo Light Station: A museum, a lighthouse, whales to view, and a small aquarium. www.pointcabrillo.org

    Arena Theater: Our area's exclusive historic movie theater in Point Arena. Come and enjoy your favorite new movies or a local play in this one room, one screen building with charm and local character. www.arenatheater.org

    Skunk Train: Ride the rails through the Redwoods and experience the hills the way they did in the old days. Perfect for a family trip or a romantic getaway. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day! Open through most of the year, though not the extreme winter months

    Safari! Come face to face with African animals as you tour a local preserve just north of Gualala in the town of Point Arena! See Zebra, African Antelope and more. Enjoy the century old mansion on site as your hosts greet you with warmth and knowledge. You're sure to have a great time at B. Bryan! www.bbryanpreserve.com

    Kayak the Gualala River: Rent kayaks, canoes, for one person or two. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, quick and helpful. The Gualala is full of activity and provides a quiet place to paddle. Pick a day with plenty of water in the river, and you'll be glad you chose to kayak here. www.adventurerents.com

    Ford House: Visitor's center, museum of model ships, and elaborate model of the town of Mendocino.

  • Swimming

    Mendocino Coast Recreation & Park District

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  • Tennis

    Mendocino Sports Club is a health and fitness facility with the perfect environment for encouraging people of all fitness levels to meet their individual goals.

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  • Walking-Hiking

    In Gualala and Sea Ranch and surrounding areas there are plenty of places for walking and gentle hikes. Pick up trail guides in our office when you check in or arrange for one in your packet if you'll be checking in late.

    Just call us: 800-773-8648 or outside the US 707-884-9601.

    Local Guided Walks
  • Whale Watching

    Twice each year we have the wonderful opportunity to see hundreds of whales pass by. The migration is from November through May. The best time to see a whale from one of our vacation homes is in March.

    Grey whales migrate south in the fall to the warmer breeding grounds near Baja California, and then head north in early spring to the feeding grounds off Alaska. Most will appear only as puffs of steam in the blue sea, but grab a pair of binoculars and you'll be amazed. Some will even come in close to the Gualala River Estuary. Additionally, some individual Grays are seen during the summer months off the northern California coast. Gray whales produce a distinctive V-shaped blow, and usually blow several times, at short intervals, before diving for 3-5 minutes.

    Keep your eyes peeled as you walk, drive, hike, bike, fly or just sit for those tell tale blasts that look just slightly different than a wave crashing and linger in the air for just a moment.

    If you're looking for an up close adventure, try one of the following local crews:

    All Aboard Adventures with Captain Tim: Charter out of Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg for a whale watching tour the whole family can enjoy!

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