Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is a coastal town located  in Sonoma County, north of Point Reyes. 

Bodega Bay is a shallow, rocky inlet of the Pacific Ocean on the coast of northern California. The bay straddles the boundary between Sonoma County to the north and Marin County to the south. The bay is a marine habitat used for navigation, recreation (including swimming and surfing, especially by the Dillon Beach area), and commercial and sport fishing (including shellfish harvesting). 

Bodega Bay is protected on its north end from the Pacific Ocean by Bodega Head, which shelters the small Bodega Harbor and is separated from the main bay by a jetty. The San Andreas Fault runs parallel to the coastline and bisects Bodega Head, which lies on the Pacific Plate; the town is on the North American Plate. The village of Bodega Bay sits on the east side of Bodega Harbor. The bay connects on its south end to the mouth of Tomales Bay.

Brief history: Until the Fall of 1775, the Miwok and Pomo Indians lived peacefully in Bodega Bay area , then came the Spaniards, British followed by the Russians and Mexicans. The town is now named in honor of Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, a Spanish naval officer who explored the west coast of North America as far north as Alaska during multiple voyages of discovery in the late 1700s.

Bodega Bay Attractions and Things to See

The top attractions to visit in Bodega Bay are: Bodega Head, Doran Beach, Potter Schoolhouse, Sonoma Coast Vineyards, movies filming locations, horseback rides on the beach, whales watching, Fisherman’s Cove, Bodega Dunes Beach, Fishetarian Fish Market, Fishetarian Fish Market, Bodega ASBS State Water Quality Protection Area, Bodega Bay Trailhead, Mammoth Rocks, Hagemann Ranch Trout Fishing, Bodega Head Ride among other attractions and activities.

Film locations: Bodega Bay has served as a location for several major films. 

  • The location scenes in the Alfred Hitchcock-directed film The Birds (1963) were filmed in both Bodega Bay. Except for a short sequence at the beginning filmed in San Francisco, most of the film’s exterior scenes were filmed around the two towns of Bodega (a small inland village) and Bodega Bay (a larger village on the bay). Special sites used for shooting included Potter School, the Bay, the two towns which were made to appear as one, and the home and barn across the bay from the town of Bodega Bay. Other famous movies filmed in Bodega Bay include: 
  • The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966) Some scenes filmed in Bodega Bay.
  • The Pack (1977): Filmed around Bodega Bay.
  • The Fog (1980)
  • The Goonies (1985): Some scenes filmed along the Sonoma Coast, Bodega Bay (and Astoria OR, and Cannon Beach OR).
  • Puppet Master (1989): Setting is Bodega Bay for the first two, fourth and fifth films.
  • Sleepwalkers (1992): Opening scene filmed in Bodega Bay.
  • Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is (1994 TV movie): Exterior scenes of the town.
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997): Scenes around the road accident.
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