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Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and the surrounding areas are known for their plethora of recreational activities, its spectacular views, quality dining, and many other attractions. Located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Fort Bragg and Mendocino boast breathtaking views of the ocean, with many oceanfront beaches and trails bordering the ocean. Regional activities range from hiking through the redwoods, whale watching, and eating fresh seafood, to enjoying local art galleries and wineries.

   :: Beautiful Beaches
 :: State Parks
 :: Fine Dining
 :: Local Attractions
 Beautiful Beaches
 
The Mendocino Coast offers a variety of beaches, with activities to delight the entire family: fascinating tide pools, abalone diving, fishing, surfing, seal and whale watching, horseback riding, sandcastle building, leisurely strolls & beachcombing. This majestic coastline is sure to soothe away the cares of everyday life.

  • Caspar State Beach (Mendocino): Less than 100 yards wide, this is a popular surfing and sunning spot. Huge tide swings and an adjacent small lagoon give this beach an ever changing appearance.
  • Ten Mile Beach, MacKerricher State Park (Fort Bragg): This miles-long beach also has a great view of the Lost Coast to the north.
  • Jug Handle State Reserve (Caspar): If you follow the bluff trail you get sweeping views of the ocean. In winter, this is great place to watch giant waves exploding against the rocks.
  • Big River State Beach (Mendocino): bike/hike/horse trail, river, volleyball, dog walking, fires on beach, shopping above the cliffs in the Village of Mendocino. If you follow the beach to the east of the bridge, you’ll come to the old haul road that runs for many miles through the park. You can walk or ride your mountain bike on a gradually climbing path along the river.
  • and many more...
 

 
 State Parks
 
When you stay at Shoreline Cottages, you have access to a wealth of State Parks, with miles of scenic rugged coastline, sandy beaches, tidepools, seals, birds, whale watching, wildflowers, nature trails, waterfalls and more.

View more information about each park:

MacKerricher State Park
Russian Gulch State Park
Jug Handle State Reserve
Caspar Headlands State Reserve
Mendocino Headlands State Park
Navarro River Redwood State Park

 Fine Dining
 
Fort Bragg & Mendocino are well known for their delectable dishes. From exquisite cuisine to local breweries; there are many dining options to choose from. See below for links to our favorite restaurants in the area:

Mendo Bistro (Fort Bragg)
The Moosse Café at The Blue Heron Inn (Mendocino)
Mendocino Cafe (Mendocino)
Piaci Pizza (Fort Bragg)
North Coast Brewery (Fort Bragg)

Here are two great web resources for all restaurants in the area:
Dining in Fort Bragg
Mendocino Restaurants
 

 
 Local Attractions
 
In addition to state parks, beaches, and fine dining, the area also has many other exciting attractions, such as:
  • Pt. Cabrillo Light Station
  • Glass Beach
  • Skunk Train
  • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
  • Noyo Harbor
  • and many more...

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