7.1 out of 10

Hwy 1, Bodega Bay

Ranked 2nd best street in Bodega Bay
38.322829659218 -123.012766814088
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
2yrs+

"Cow Country turned beachfront property"

Anyone who drives into Bodega Bay via the 1 is probably thinking the same thing: "Why am I driving through farmland, where is this road taking me, and when will I get cell reception back?" The road certainly goes through the middle of nowhere, but fortunately it is up for redemption very quickly when you get into town.

The road winds up past the harbor, which is an interesting beast in and of itself. On a good day, it's full-on California water sports scene - you might as well be in San Diego. On a bad, foggy day, you might as well be in a Hitchcock movie (yes, he did choose to film a movie here). No matter what kind of day it is, you will be rewarded with views of the crashing ocean if you head just a little further north, where the temperatures are always chilly, the seafood is always fresh, and the surf is always pumpin'. Best part? You will never find massive crowds up here.

Maybe the drive through cow country is worth it.
Pros
  • Scenery
  • Great water sports
  • Good restaurants
Cons
  • Difficult to get to
  • Some dead cell phone zones
  • Expensive area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
2yrs+

"Seriously? Is it this easy?"

Northern California is notorious for many things, including expensive real estate, cool, foggy weather, beautiful scenery, and traffic galore. These ingredients all factor into the unreal amount of beach traffic that can be found on a clear, beautiful summer day.

But for some reason, Western Sonoma County north of Point Reyes has avoided this phenomenon. The result is an uncrowded stretch of driving that leads to the stunning beaches, cliffsides, and parks of Bodega Bay, CA. Visitors can enjoy surfing, kayaking, kite boarding, abalone diving (or picking, for those who value their lives) and searching for wildlife, including pelicans and sea lions.

If you want to hit the beach, just like everyone else, but traffic is not your cup of tea, this spot could be well worth considering. Just remember that the Bay Highway is the access road, not the final destination.
Pros
  • Relatively affordable
  • Great beaches nearby
  • Reasonable traffic
Cons
  • Hard to get to
  • Cow country - literally
  • Spotty cell phone reception
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers

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2

Hwy 1

3.5/5
"Cow Country turned beachfront property"
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