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4 Unique Mendocino, CA, Beaches You Need to See

No trip to California is complete without a visit to one of our Mendocino, CA, beaches. These pretty beaches decorate our rugged coastline with rocky shorelines, gnarly waves, and glass treasures. Read on to experience one of these unique beaches for yourself!

For more things to do as you explore the tide pools and the towering redwood forests of the Mendocino Coast, make sure to check out our free Mendocino Vacation Guide. It includes the best places to fuel up on food in between adventures, as well as the best attractions, entertainment, outdoor activities, and shopping in Mendocino. See what we’ve planned for you!

Check Out These Mendocino, CA, Beaches

1. Little River State Beach

Located beside the most charming small town with friendly businesses galore, Little River State Beach is a pristine little spot overlooking a majestic California bluff. This pet-friendly beach is part of Van Damme State Park, so you can have the best of both worlds as you explore nature for the day. It’s the perfect place to lay out and relax after hiking the trails of Van Damme State Park! Plus, it’s right outside your door at the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek.

For a unique sight, make sure you check out the Little River Blowhole. This fascinating spot is where waves roll in through a rock tunnel, forming a punchbowl!

2. Bowling Ball Beach

You’ve never seen a beach like this before! Bowling Ball Beach is just south of Point Arena, where large boulders resembling bowling balls line the shore! They’re all that’s left after millions of years erosion.

3. Sea Glass Beach

Glass Beach in MacKerricher State Park is one of the most captivating sights to see in Fort Bragg. Smooth and colorful pieces of glass line the sandy shore, making it a hot spot for photography. We highly recommend that you add these naturally made treasures of the sea to your Mendocino bucket list!

4. Jug Handle State Reserve

Nestled between the ocean and Pygmy Forest, Jug Handle State Beach is a great family-friendly beach just north of Caspar. The sandy white beach is perfect for children and dogs who love to play under the sun.

After hanging out on the beach, you can discover the Ecological Staircase Trail, where you’ll see five different ecosystems on different ridges of the land, forming somewhat of a staircase! Then, explore the pine trees and cypress trees of Pygmy Forest.

Relax at Inn at Schoolhouse Creek

Unwind in the most relaxing accommodations in Mendocino at Inn at Schoolhouse Creek. Kick your feet up at the end of the day by the cozy gas fireplace or recharge in the plush pillow top king bed with down comforters and designer linens.

Reserve our Anderson Valley Room to be in the most serene location with soothing views of the ocean from your deck! You can never have enough beach time when you’re on vacation in Mendocino! Check our availability and book your dream vacation today!

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