Shalyn's Guidebook

Shalyn

Shalyn's Guidebook

Sightseeing
A beautiful, educational walk down to the Lighthouse. There's harbor seals in the bay to the south of the Lighthouse, and it's a great place to look for migrating whales. The staff who work on sight are super friendly.
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locals recommend
Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
13800 Point Cabrillo Drive
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locals recommend
A beautiful, educational walk down to the Lighthouse. There's harbor seals in the bay to the south of the Lighthouse, and it's a great place to look for migrating whales. The staff who work on sight are super friendly.
My favorite sandy beach. It's dog friendly, and the North cliff provides a lot of protection from the wind. Lots of surfers frequent the beach and it's great for boogie hoarding, sand boarding, sand castles, long beach walks, and kayaking. There's even a rental place located on the South side of the bridge. The easiest access is the River side, which is the first right past the bridge when traveling north on highway 1. For the beach, park behind the church and gas station in downtown Mendocino. There are quite a few steps at this access.
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Big River Beach at Mendocino Headlands State Park
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My favorite sandy beach. It's dog friendly, and the North cliff provides a lot of protection from the wind. Lots of surfers frequent the beach and it's great for boogie hoarding, sand boarding, sand castles, long beach walks, and kayaking. There's even a rental place located on the South side of the bridge. The easiest access is the River side, which is the first right past the bridge when traveling north on highway 1. For the beach, park behind the church and gas station in downtown Mendocino. There are quite a few steps at this access.
This one is worth the drive nortb of Fort Bragg. The boardwalk is wheelchair friendly with great lookout spots. There's access down to a beach and tide pools as well. Watch your food with the sneaky squirrels and seagulls. There's commonly a ranger or state park employee there to give educational talks. The waves on the beach by the parking lot get quite big, be careful with children and dogs.
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MacKerricher State Park
24100 Mackerricher Park Rd
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locals recommend
This one is worth the drive nortb of Fort Bragg. The boardwalk is wheelchair friendly with great lookout spots. There's access down to a beach and tide pools as well. Watch your food with the sneaky squirrels and seagulls. There's commonly a ranger or state park employee there to give educational talks. The waves on the beach by the parking lot get quite big, be careful with children and dogs.
Just past downtown Mendocino is the Headlands. There's many parking spots and different places to see. Great for whale watching and rock exploration. There's access to a few different beaches, the trails are not easy to access for children.
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Mendocino Headlands State Park
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locals recommend
Just past downtown Mendocino is the Headlands. There's many parking spots and different places to see. Great for whale watching and rock exploration. There's access to a few different beaches, the trails are not easy to access for children.
The closest beach from our place. It's easy access and there's a Kayak Excursion that's based out of the parking lot. There are a lot of rangers keeping a look out, so keep your dogs on a leash. There's a trail that starts less than a mile from our place at the Pygmy Forest Discovery Trail, and ends at the Van Damme Campgrounds and then to Van Damme Beach across the highway. The trail down has a bike choice or a walking trail. The Discovery Trail is a very short boardwalk look with wild huckleberries.
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locals recommend
Van Damme State Park
8001 California 1
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locals recommend
The closest beach from our place. It's easy access and there's a Kayak Excursion that's based out of the parking lot. There are a lot of rangers keeping a look out, so keep your dogs on a leash. There's a trail that starts less than a mile from our place at the Pygmy Forest Discovery Trail, and ends at the Van Damme Campgrounds and then to Van Damme Beach across the highway. The trail down has a bike choice or a walking trail. The Discovery Trail is a very short boardwalk look with wild huckleberries.
Food Scene
Upscale Restaurant with spectacular view. It's on the second story and has a beautiful deck.
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locals recommend
Flow | Restaurant & Lounge
45040 Main Street
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locals recommend
Upscale Restaurant with spectacular view. It's on the second story and has a beautiful deck.
Delicious food, amazing sunset views.
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locals recommend
Little River Inn Restaurant
7901 California 1
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locals recommend
Delicious food, amazing sunset views.
Great pub food and bar. Although they serve food, under 21 not allowed.
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Patterson's Pub
10485 Lansing Street
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locals recommend
Great pub food and bar. Although they serve food, under 21 not allowed.
Kid Friendly
Great experience for the kids. Book this ahead of time as they do sell out. Special holiday rides available, like Easter Egg Hunt and a Pumpkin Patch visit. Dog friendly too.
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Skunk Train
100 West Laurel Street
25
locals recommend
Great experience for the kids. Book this ahead of time as they do sell out. Special holiday rides available, like Easter Egg Hunt and a Pumpkin Patch visit. Dog friendly too.
Great place to visit if it's raining or a rare hot day.
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locals recommend
C.V. Starr Community Center
300 South Lincoln Street
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locals recommend
Great place to visit if it's raining or a rare hot day.