7.2 out of 10

West Side Rd, Bay Flats / Around the Bay

38.3029722295751 -123.060529300469
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Parking
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Nightlife
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


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

"One of the most beautiful places in Northern California..."

If you can find this place and get here, West Side Road takes you to Bodega Head, where the cliffs are steep, the water is crashing, and the views area always stunning. This cliffside beach is really what Northern California is all about. A scenic, moderate clifftop walk takes you around the area for some of the most stunning views in a state that is already known for its beauty, or you can choose to scramble down to the tiny, nearby secluded beach. You may find tourists here on a weekend, but generally you won't be sharing the area with too many other people.

That said, the one drawback is the drive out. Bodega Bay is a bit of a challenging place to get to, anyway, and finding this area requires navigating to a small side street, circumnavigating the entire harbor, and being comfortable on narrow, twisting roads that seem to get steeper and steeper.

But if you can brave the drive, the views alone are worthwhile. This is a great place for a sunset picnic - as long as you are prepared for it to be somewhat chilly as soon as the sun hits the horizon.
  • Very scenic
  • Decent cell phone reception
  • Not too crowded
  • Difficult to get to
  • Expensive area
  • Not much nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers

Unranked Streets in Bay Flats / Around the Bay

West Side Rd

"One of the most beautiful places in Northern California..."
38.3029722295751 -123.060529300469

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