8 Mendocino Beaches You Need to Know About

view of the Mendocino Lighthouse with overlaying text saying download our free vacation guideYour trip to Northern California wouldn’t be complete without a picture at the beach, would it? Don’t worry. When you visit Sea Rock Inn, there are plenty of Mendocino beaches to discover! Read on as we list eight of our favorites and show you why they deserve a visit. Then, pack a warm jacket and your camera and get ready to experience the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen! To make your trip even better, download our free Vacation Guide. It has all the top recommendations for local restaurants, shops, museums, events, outdoor adventures, and more.

Are You Ready to Discover the Best Mendocino Beaches?


Jug Handle State Natural Reserve

If you want to experience Mendocino history at one of its most magnificent beaches, then Jug Handle State Natural Reserve is perfect for you! Follow the trails to the beach and marvel at the stunning Ecological Staircase. Over time, the land has been cut away from waves, tectonic activity, and more, creating steps.

Navarro River State Park and Beach

Access the Navarro River Redwoods State Park via Highway 128 and admire the incredible scenery for 11 miles. You’ll be struck by how peaceful this Mendocino beach is! Here, towering redwood trees lead to the river. It’s a haven for many area critters, as well as kayakers and fishermen. Enjoy a cool dip on a hot day at Navarro.

Russian Gulch State Park

Just a couple of miles from Mendocino on Highway 1 is Russian Gulch State Park, which has a stellar beach you need to visit. Hikers love the fantastic trails and stunning vista at the Devil’s Punchbowl. The never-ending pounding of the waves from the Pacific create an inland tunnel that is still being formed today. It’s a great place to reconnect with nature!

Van Damme State Park

Are you looking for a relaxing place to forget about your daily stress? Head over to Van Damme Beach. There is a Pygmy Forest in the park where cypress and pine trees grow only a few feet tall. You can walk the miles of trails, rest on the sand, and watch the popular abalone divers.


Glass Beach

There’s no place like Fort Bragg’s Glass Beach. Not only is it breathtaking, but it’s also close to Mendocino! The beach is covered in everyday glass that washes up on the shore and has been molded by the ocean. You will find a variety of colors, including red, blue, brown, and clear glass. Make sure to pack your camera! It’s a one-of-a-kind spot.

Mendocino Headlands State Park

If you want to stay in the heart of downtown Mendocino, you’ll find the perfect beach at Mendocino Headlands State Park. Enjoy historic exhibits at the Visitor Center, and learn more about the town. There are also a few trails you can hike before hitting the beach. We recommend waiting for low tide; the beach is wider for you to walk on!

Ten Mile Beach

Discover a place where the ocean meets the sky at Ten Mile Beach! This local favorite is made up of several beaches and lets you explore the Mendocino shoreline on foot, bike, or even horseback. Discover beautiful landscapes, rock formations, tide pools, and sea caves! Remember to bring a jacket; it can get pretty windy in this area.

Bowling Ball Beach

Take some time during your trip to explore Bowling Ball Beach. Here, you’ll discover a sea of rock formations that reveal themselves at low tide! The rocks are almost perfectly spherical, which makes them look like bowling balls. Bring a picnic with you and enjoy some delicious treats at the beach.


Find Your Cozy Beach Cottage at Sea Rock Inn

Sea Rock Inn at sunsetYou should visit the beach as much as you can during your stay in Mendocino! That’s why you need to stay at Sea Rock Inn, one of the best B&B’s in town. We offer one of the most romantic experiences on the coast as well as some of the most jaw-dropping views.

On top of our high-end suites, we can offer you a unique cottage experience! Relax with a glass of wine in Cottage 4 and reminisce about your exciting day. Then, take a warm shower and slip into a comfortable robe by the fireplace! You’ll love waking up to the sound of waves crashing in the distance. Before you start your next adventure, take some time to indulge in our delicious, homemade breakfast! We make terrific pastries.


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