Cock an ear toward the grumbling old salts tying up nets on Tides Wharf, and you'll know that Bodega Bay is still a hardworking fishing village. But visitors to the friendly harbor town will also find Michelin-starred cuisine, unspoiled beaches, and excellent odds on spotting migrating whales.
Those leviathans can best be seen from Bodega Head, a rocky point that juts into the bay. The annual migration peaks between January and May, but the majestic mammals may be sighted year-round. For a closer view, book a charter tour from Porto Bodega Marina.
Seaside strolling options abound in Bodega Bay, but perhaps the nicest is the curving, two-mile strand of Doran Beach, just south of town. Along the nearby Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail, commune with herons, egrets, and even bald eagles.