Nature itself is the primary recreational resource of the Sonoma-Marin Coast and can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Not surprisingly, people who live here love outdoor activities ranging from quiet observation of nature to challenging its extremes.
Nearby state and county parks offer plentiful opportunities for beach-combing, tide-pooling, hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The ocean and bay waters attract sport fishermen, clam diggers, abalone divers, surfers, sailors and windsurfers. The waters are too cold for swimming, though, and beach-combers are warned against getting too close to the treacherous surf.
The abundant wildlife draws birdwatchers, whale watchers, seal watchers, and tide-poolers from far and near. The coastal area is home to more than 200 varieties of birds, and large harbor seal and sea lion colonies. Gray whales pass by along the coastline on their twice yearly migration in January/February and April/May.
Golfers find the 18 hole Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed course at Bodega Harbour both challenging and of exceptional beauty. While the golf course is open to the public, the other recreational facilities at Bodega Harbour for tennis and swimming are reserved for residents.
A short drive away, the Russian River offers a dramatically different environment as you leave the coast and drive along the river through giant redwood groves. Primarily a summer recreation area, the Russian River area offers boating, winery touring, shopping, canoeing, and swimming.