US Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay
355 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
In Bodega Bay, the summers are long, warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 84°F and is rarely below 28°F or above 96°F.
The warm season lasts for 4.3 months, from June 3 to October 11, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 4, with an average high of 84°F and low of 52°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.6 months, from November 26 to February 13, with an average daily high temperature below 61°F. The coldest day of the year is January 1, with an average low of 37°F and high of 55°F.
The wetter season lasts 5.4 months, from October 31 to April 11, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 34% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 6.6 months, from April 11 to October 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 25.
Cost of Living
Compared to other cities in California and cities across the country, the cost of living in Bodega Bay, CA is 27% higher than the California average and 76% higher than that for the entire country. The index is comprised of the following criteria: cost of retail goods and services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), cost of public/private transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). Everyday goods and services, along with housing account for 63 percent of the total cost of living index. Goods and services that are a necessity regardless of location provide an accurate general sense of the cost of living in one city versus another. The cost of housing in Bodega Bay, CA is 192% higher than the national average.
Getting to Know the Area
Bodega Head juts into the ocean, where you can spot whales off the coast all year long, but chances are best during the primary migrations (October through February, when gray whales are southbound from Alaska to Mexico, and February through April, when they reverse course).
On weekends from January through Mother’s Day, volunteers from the Whale Watch Public Education Program are at Bodega Head to answer questions and share their knowledge of whales and migration. For more info, read Whale Watching Along the Sonoma Coast or check our listings of Whale Watching options, including charter boats.
Explore the beauty of Bodega Bay, catching sight of cruising seals and flocks of seabirds while paddling around on a stand-up paddle board or in a kayak (on your own or with a customized guided tour).
Visit Bodega Bay Kayak to get started paddling through Bodega Bay, the lower Russian River, the Estero Americano, or Salmon Creek. Beginner kayakers are welcomed and encouraged. Customized guided tours are available. Rentals include all equipment, wetsuit, life vest, and instruction before heading out.
Chanslor Stables, a working western horse ranch, offers guided horseback trail rides with breathtaking ocean views. Follow miles of trails that take you to lofty mountaintops, grassy meadows, coastal dunes, or along the beach.
Horse N Around Trail Rides is open year round, and offers a variety of trails or a chance to go riding on the beach. Choose from a 60-minute sand dunes ride that provides panoramic views of the Bodega Bay harbor and Sonoma Coastline; a 90 minute beach ride that includes the dunes and harbor views, plus riding along a long stretch of beach; and trail rides on the Hagemann Ranch Trout Farm, an incredible family-owned ranch with gorgeous views of the rolling coastal hills.
Back in Bodega Bay, the peninsula known as the Bodega Head is another famous ‘Birds’ filming location, offering incredible scenic bluff-top views. You can also celebrate Hitchcock with a bird-watching expedition at Doran Regional Park, Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail, or Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail.
Bodega Bay isn’t just a picturesque fishing port, it’s also a sensational place to indulge in seafood – crab, salmon, rockfish and more – taken right off a local boat.
Hunker down at one of the picnic tables in front of Spud Point Crab Company and bite into a fresh crab sandwich while gazing at fishing boats docked nearby. Grab a casual dinner at The Tides Wharf Restaurant & Bar, where scenes from ‘The Birds’ were filmed. Go all out with a meal at Terrapin Creek Café, which earned national acclaim for its seasonal menus using the finest, freshest ingredients in inventive pairings, in a casual, neighborly atmosphere.