Nothing beats a day at the beach!!! Everyone has their own favorite beach activities. The beaches on the Mendocino Coast have something for just about everyone with the exception that the water is always cold. It is usually around 54 degrees. Waves and currents can be dangerous. Below I have noted a few favorite local beaches with a few notes for those wanting to play in the water.
Review these 12 Tips for Ocean Safety before going to the beach. These brochures are also available at most beaches on the Mendocino Coast - Courtesy of the Mendocino County Water Safety Coalition.
Caspar Beach is a small beach located off Point Cabrillo Drive. It is a great spot to bring the kids for a day at the beach. It is the best pick for playing in the water since the surf at Caspar tends to be friendlier than Mendocino’s other beaches. Ocean conditions are always changing, but it does not usually have strong rip currents.
Big River Beach
Big River Beach is one of the largest stretches of sandy beach on the Mendocino Coast and is a beautiful spot. It is great for taking a stroll, having a picnic, or meeting up with folks for ultimate frisbee. The current at Big River can be quite treacherous when the tide is ebbing (going out). Most days it is not a safe place for wading, beginning surfing, kayaking, and casual boogie boarding.
Pudding Creek Beach is located on the north end of Fort Bragg. It is my top pick for sun bathing or skim boarding. It is also a beautiful place to day dream and watch waves. The surf at Pudding Creek can be quite treacherous with rip currents. Most days is not a good spot for boogie boarders, kayakers, and beginning surfers.
Go at low tide to check out the tidepools and look at sea glass. There is less sea glass than there used to be, but there is still sea glass at Glass Beach.
Noyo Off-Leash Dog Beach
At the end of Noyo Harbor where the Noyo River flows into the Noyo Bay is the Noyo Dog Beach. This is an official leash free beach for dogs.