Bodega Bay, CA, USA

Bodega Bay, CA, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 539 vacation rentals near Bodega Bay. From 408 houses to 43 cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bodega Bay for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Bodega Bay is a gateway to California's North Coast

Set on a natural harbor, Bodega Bay is one of several laid-back fishing towns on California's sun-drenched North Coast. From sandy beaches and colorful tide pools to sumptuous seafood and world-class whale watching, Bodega Bay vacation rentals unlock access to this captivating slice of the Golden State. Movie buffs may recognize it as the setting of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror film The Birds. But don't worry, the worst you'll find is enthusiastic seagulls keen to scoop up your unattended fish and chips. Venture inland and you'll find yourself immersed in the rolling vineyards and boutique estates of Sonoma Wine Country.

Soak up the sun in Bodega Bay

Most sunseekers make a beeline for Sonoma Coast State Park. As well as soaking up the sun on the beach, you can also head up to Bodega Head, a raised peninsula that offers some of California's best whale-watching. The North Coast is famous for its seafood so why not eat your way through the string of upscale restaurants lining the waterfront? Think Dungeness crab cakes, clam chowder, popcorn shrimp and more. If you'd rather whip up your own ocean-inspired feasts, you can always stock up at the famous Fishetarian Fish Market and enjoy a sunset BBQ on the deck of your Bodega Bay vacation rentals villa. Wash it down with a bottle of local Sonoma County wine.

Fun and facts at Bodega Bay's Marine Lab

Run by the University of California, the Bodega Marine Laboratory and Reserve is a pioneering research site that's been studying the North Coast since the 1920s. Guided tours offer a unique chance to learn more about Bodega Bay's rocky coastlines, rolling sand dunes, salt marshes, wetlands and sand flats. In the market for a tasteful souvenir? Showcasing Japanese prints and contemporary Californian works, you're bound to find something wall-worthy at the Ren Brown Collection Gallery.

Catch Bodega Bay's spring whale-watching season

Thanks to its coastal location, Bodega Bay enjoys a mild maritime climate. Daytime temperatures hover around the 70s and create perfect conditions for swimming, whale watching and winery hopping. Crowds spike over the summer and during the springtime whale watching season. Snag a beachfront Bodega Bay vacation rentals property and you could spot frolicking whales as you sip a morning coffee. Spring also sees Sonoma County explode in a sea of wildflowers.

Bodega Bay's a gateway to Sonoma Wine Country

Set on the coast of California, Bodega Bay is part of the state's coveted Sonoma County region. It's bona fide Wine Country, with scores of oenophiles flocking to sip their way through world-class vineyards. Whale watching is one of Bodega Bay's biggest drawcards, with peak season spanning from March to June. At Sonoma Coast State Park you'll often see grey whales and their calves breaching just offshore. The southbound migration falls from October to November, though the whales tend to stay further out to sea.