Visit the Fabulous Mendocino Sea Caves

view of the Mendocino Lighthouse with overlaying text saying download our free vacation guideMendocino is one of the most relaxing escapes in Northern California. This is due, in part, to its stunning natural beauty. Our scenic town boasts unique landscapes and offers unforgettable outdoor experiences. If you’re looking for an adventure and want to see the wonders of Mendocino, venture through the magical Mendocino sea caves. This is a fabulous way to get closer to nature! Read on to learn more about the caves and get ready to paddle the aquatic avenues of these magnificent wonders. When it’s time to plan your trip, make sure you download our free Vacation Guide for more local recommendations!

Here’s the Best Way to Experience the Mendocino Sea Caves


Learn Where They Came From

First things first: What is a sea cave? Sea caves are usually found at the base of a cliffside along the coast and are formed from erosion caused by the waves. The weathered rocks continually change over time, which makes each cave unique! Water still makes its way through the caves via small entrances formed in the cliff. These sea caves are truly hidden treasures. Are you ready to explore them during your stay?

Explore the Sea Caves

Channel your inner “Goonie” and go on a quest to find Mendocino’s most beautiful sea caves! The best way to do this is to book a kayaking adventure. Kayak Mendocino, for example, offers a Sea Cave Nature Tour that takes you to Van Damme Beach and along its rocky shoreline. Marvel at the magnificent caves and be on the lookout for harbor seals! Tours cost $60 per person.

Tip: There’s no need to be an expert at paddling. To explore the sea caves, your guide will take you through narrow coves and passageways that keep you out of the wind and surf, so there’s minimal risk of turbulence.

Enjoy a Scenic Retreat at Sea Rock Inn

Cottage Sea Rock bed view overlooking the ocean - Mendocino Music FestivalGive yourself the gift of relaxation on your next vacation and let the charm of Mendocino’s shores soothe your mind and body. Sea Rock Inn is one of the best B&Bs in the area and makes for the ideal retreat with your significant other! Our cliffside bed and breakfast features breathtaking views of the ocean. It’s also the perfect place to watch a California sunrise or sunset. Whether you want to lounge on the lush lawn or in a stunning accommodation, you’ll feel recharged with us.

Take a look at our Junior Suites, for example. After a long day of paddling on the ocean, you can take a hot bath, slip into a comfortable robe, and snuggle up next to the wood-burning fireplace with a glass of wine. Dream the night away in the beautiful queen bed and wake up to the sound of the waves crashing in the distance. Sip a cup of coffee on your private porch and join us in the main inn where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits. You’ll love our fresh scones, raspberry-filled croissants, and sun-dried tomato and spinach quiche!


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