Bodega Bay is located on the Pacific Coast in Southwest Sonoma County. It is the gateway to the Sonoma Coast State Beach to the North, a 16 mile stretch of mostly undeveloped coastline with frequent beach access.
To the South lies Tomales Bay and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Just inland, sparsely populated rolling hills are dotted with sheep and cattle ranches.
The coastal hills give way to valleys where a variety of agricultural crops are grown, including Sebastopol’s famed Gravenstein apples and the fine wine grapes of the Russian River valley.
Although it is definitely rural in character, Bodega Bay is on the Western edge of rapidly growing Sonoma County with a population of 472,700 (in 2004). Bodega Bay is not far from Sonoma County population centers and within easy reach of Northern California’s major urban areas.
Time and Distances from Bodega Bay:
Sebastopol 15 miles 20 minutes
Santa Rosa 21 miles 35 minutes
Petaluma 25 miles 30 minutes
San Francisco 68 miles 1.25-1.5 hours
Sacramento 100 miles 2-2.25 hours