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Bodega Head, Bodega Bay

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Bodega Head is a small promontory on the Pacific coast of northern California in the United States. It is located in Sonoma County at 38.311°N 123.066°W / 38.311; -123.066, approximately 40 mi (64 km) northwest of San Francisco and approximately 20 mi (32 km) west of Santa Rosa.

The peninsula, which is approximately 4 mi (6.4 km) long and 1 mi (1.6 km) wide, emerges from the coast to the south. It shelters the shallow, sandy Bodega Bay and the inner portion known as Bodega Harbor. Sonoma Coast State Beach comprises beaches and dunes along the south side of the promontory. The University of California, Davis runs an ongoing marine biology program at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. The laboratory is located on the grounds of Bodega Marine Reserve, which is part of the UC Natural Reserve System. The peninsula is considered a prime spot to observe the migration of whales. It is also one of the three points of the Red Triangle, a major feeding ground for great white sharks. A series of trails are a popular destination for recreational hiking.

Bodega Head State Marine Reserve & Bodega Head State Marine Conservation Area protect area waters. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.

The peninsula was probably inhabited by the Coast Miwok people before the arrival of Europeans. Campbell Cove, on the east side of the promontory, is a candidate for Sir Francis Drake's 1579 landing site.
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  • If you want to see the power of the ocean and the beauty of nature at sunset, don't miss this. Dress warm. It gets windy up there. 
    If you want to see the power of the ocean and the beauty of nature at sunset, don't miss this. Dress warm. It gets windy up there.  more »
  • Seeing where director Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds was filmed. And, the views are beautiful and the beach is great. It starts to get chilly when the sun goes down so bring a jacket or sweater. I... 
    Seeing where director Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds was filmed. And, the views are beautiful and the beach is great. It starts to get chilly when the sun goes down so bring a jacket or sweater. I...  more »
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  • Stunning views from this trail! Felt like I was in a classic novel from Cornwall while taking in the sound of the water crashing against the rocks and the fog rolling in…The wildflowers were so pretty and smelled divine! It was definitely a highlight on our journey to experience this hike 🙏🏻
  • Stunning bluff top vista's make this my ultimate coast destination whenever my wife and I drive out to Bodega Bay from Santa Rosa. Bodega Head is a small promontory on the Pacific Coast with cliff trails, beach access, abundant sea birds, and migrating whales that define scenic beauty.

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