Sea Ranch, CA, USA

Sea Ranch, CA, USA

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The Sea Ranch, California, is a small planned community located on the northern Pacific coastal area of the state. People come to Sea Ranch to enjoy the fresh air, play in the water and relax on the beach. You can stay at rental houses, cottages and villas while visiting Sea Ranch. Some rental houses feature decks and balconies with ocean views, outdoor cooking areas, hot tubs and fireplaces.

Outdoor Activities

Sea Ranch, California, is well regarded for its outdoor activities related to the water. Although the currents tend to be strong, you can splash in the water near the coastline or build a sand castle. After a storm has passed, you may find beautiful seashell specimens to add to your collection. Sailing and rock climbing are also popular activities to try out in Sea Ranch. You could also take a drive to California's Central Valley and tour some of the family owned and operated wineries. Explore the vineyards while you stay at rental houses in Wine Country. Some other outdoor activities to do in Sea Ranch include:

  • Golf: Sea Ranch is home to several golf courses with beautiful ocean views and natural tall grass roughs.
  • Abalone diving: You can rent some diving gear and harvest abalone for your dinner. Be sure to check with the California Fish and Wildlife Service for current collection guidelines.
  • Whale watching: Humpback, gray and blue whales are known to swim along the coast within view of the Sea Ranch bluffs.

Family Attractions

If you enjoy the arts, a family visit to the Spindrift Gallery allows you to explore some of the area's locally made pottery, jewelry and other artistic works. The Sea Ranch Trails include 5 miles of paved hiking and walking paths along the coastline that are open for public access. These trails are interconnected with parks and natural play areas for children to enjoy. Beginner hikers can try out the public areas at the bluff's meadows. If you are traveling with children, consider driving down to Southern California and visiting Lego Land in San Diego while staying at rental houses in San Diego County.


Sea Ranch offers several events for couples and families to enjoy. The annual Whale and Jazz Festival at Sea Ranch Lodge is the community's most popular event. Taking place each year in April, you can try fresh seafood, live music and dancing. The "Showin' on the River" Annual Juried Photography Show, held in March, features local artists and their work. You could also drive to San Francisco for rental apartments in Fisherman's Wharf and stay for the Historic Fisherman's Wharf Classic Car Exhibit, which is held each year in February.


The weather in Sea Ranch, California, is moderated by its location along the Pacific Ocean. January high temperatures average 57 degrees. Incoming winter storms may bring in frequent rains from November through February. July daytime temperatures are about 94 degrees. Summers are dry and temperatures can exceed 110 degrees. The best time to visit Sea Ranch is from March through May, when the weather is warm and the weather is calm.

How to Get There

To get to Sea Ranch, you can drive your own car or a rental car and use the Coastal Highway, also known as California 1. If you would prefer to fly to Sea Ranch, the nearest airport is at Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport, in Santa Rosa, California. The airport is 64 miles away from Sea Ranch, so you will need ground transportation. You can also get to Sea Ranch on the Mendocino Transit Authority (MTA) or the Sonoma County Transit (SCT). This mass transit system connects to San Francisco, Oakland and a Greyhound bus terminal.

Attractions In and Around Sea Ranch

Looking for things to do while you’re in Sea Ranch? If some outdoor time is on the agenda, soak up some sun at Pebble Beach and Black Point Beach or experience the natural beauty of Galleons Point.

Sea Ranch Golf Links and Salt Point State Park are a couple of activities around the area. You may also want to visit Gualala Arts Center, Gualala Point Regional Park or Sentinel Rock.