Getaway is located in a vacation community called The Sea Ranch in Northern California, about 2 1/2 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area on the gorgeous Sonoma Coast. Locals know it’s a Banana Belt with much more sun and less fog than found in other North Coast areas.  There is quite a bit to see and explore, no matter what you love.

Sea Ranch Activities: Beaches and HikingRecreation CentersOutdoor Recreation AreasAdditional Resources

Beaches and Hiking

Getaway is  just minutes away from 5 sandy beaches.

Black Point Beach

Black Point is the longest, most dramatic of the five beaches at Sea Ranch.
Travel time: 8 minutes by car

How to Get There

  1. Take Highway 1 south.
  2. Turn right onto Moonraker at mile marker 51.06.
  3. Turn left at Brigantine Reach.
  4. Park at the end of Brigantine by the water.
  5. Walk south to the Black Point Beach steps.

Directions on Google Maps

Hiking: Black Point Beach Access Trail


Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach is a small, somewhat protected beach. It’s close to a parking area—a good choice if you are carrying things.
Travel time: 5 minutes by car

How to Get There

  1. Take Highway 1 south.
  2. Turn right at Navigator’s Reach.
  3. Go straight to the parking lot.
  4. Take the path to stairs down to the beach.

Directions on Google Maps

Hiking: Pebble Beach Access Trail


Tide Pool Beach

Tide Pool Beach is a good beach for picnics. To appreciate a calm evening watching the sun go down, call early to order pizza from Upper Crust in Gualala (near the Gualala Hotel). Take wine, blankets, warm clothes, and flash lights if you plan to stay until it’s really dark. Pick up your pizza (cash only) and enjoy.
Travel Time: 6 minutes by car

How to Get There

  1. Take Highway 1 north.
  2. Turn left at Leeward Spur.
  3. Turn left on Leeward Road, straight on to Dune Drift, a cul-de-sac.

Note: If you drive past One-Eyed Jack’s park, you missed Dune Drift.

Directions on Google Maps


Shell Beach

Shell Beach is another beach with easy access.
Travel Time: 2 minutes by car, 30 minutes on foot

How to Get There by Car

  1. Take Highway 1 north.
  2. Turn left on Whalebone at mile marker 55.24.
  3. Turn right at Pacific Reach and go straight until you see a parking lot on the left.
  4. Take the boat access trail to the beach.

Directions on Google Maps

How to Get There on Foot

  1. Take Green Vale Close to Vantage, then turn right.
  2. Turn right on Breaker Reach.
  3. Turn left on the path by marker 27A.
  4. Head towards the ocean and take the path right to get to Shell Beach (head left to get to Stengel Beach—it’s a mile in either direction).

Directions on Google Maps

Hiking: Shell Beach Access Trail


Walk on Beach

Walk on Beach is a long, open beach with lots of driftwood for fort building.
Travel Time: 5 minutes by car

How to Get There

  1. Take Highway 1 north.
  2. Turn left on Leeward Spur at mile marker 56.08.
  3. Take a right on Leeward Road.
  4. Turn left on Seal Rock Reach.
  5. Park by the waves on the ground and follow the trail to the beach.

Directions on Google Maps

Hiking: Walk on Beach Access Trail


Stengel Beach

This is a small beach behind the White Barn appropriately named Stengel.
Travel Time: 2 minutes by car, 30 minutes on foot

How to Get There By Car

  1. Take Highway 1 south.
  2. Turn right onto the parking lot just beyond the White Barn.
  3. Park in the  lot.
  4. Walk toward the tennis and swimming pool complex.
  5. Turn right before the pool and walk toward the ocean. You will cross the Bluff Trail and then bear left a few steps before continuing straight to the ocean.

Directions on Google Maps

How to Get There on Foot

  1. Take Green Vale Close to Vantage, then turn right.
  2. Turn right on Breaker Reach.
  3. Turn left on the path by marker 27A.
  4. Head towards the ocean and take the path left to get to Stengel Beach (head right to get to Shell Beach—it’s a mile in either direction).

Hiking: Stengel Beach Access Trail


Recreation Centers

If swimming pools, saunas, and tennis courts are more in line with your interests, check out the following recreation centers.

Del Mar Center

The Del Mar Center features a large outdoor heated pool, saunas, and tennis/pickle ball courts.

Del Mar Recreation Center
40600 Leeward Road
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497

For more information, call 707-884-3211


Ohlson Recreation Center

The Ohlson Recreation Center has a large outdoor heated pool, saunas, tennis courts, half-court basketball, and a volleyball court.

Ohlson Recreation Center
37600 Highway 1
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497


Moonraker Recreation Center

The Moonraker Recreation Center includes a small outdoor heated pool, saunas, and a tennis/pickle ball court.

Moonraker Recreation Center
35336 Moonraker Road
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497


Outdoor Recreation Areas

One Eyed Jack’s Park

One Eyed Jack’s has a bocce court (bring your own equipment), a picnic and BBQ area, and a playground for children.

How to get there by car

  1. Go north toward Gualala.
  2. Turn left at Whalebone.
  3. Turn  right at Pacific Reach.
  4. Right again at Leeward Road.
  5. Turn left at One Eyed Jack’s Park. The parking lot is on the north side of the park and the bocce courts are between the lot and the park.

The Hot Spot

The Hot Spot, so named for Jack London’s favorite fishing hole, is located on the Gualala River at the end of River Beach Road, Unit 14. Go there for the beach, and enjoy a picnic or BBQ.  The river is often quite low here so it can be a wonderful magical place for small children.  Expect sun if the immediate coast still has fog.

Golf

For 18 hole Scottish links golf, visit The Sea Ranch Golf Links.

The Sea Ranch Golf Links
42000 Highway One
Sea Ranch, CA

For more information, check out their website.

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