Sea Ranch is a popular vacation community located along the rugged Northern California coastline in the lush Sonoma County. Situated about 100 miles north of San Francisco and 120 miles west of the state capitol, the breathtaking beaches of Sea Ranch are reached by the famous State Route 1/Pacific Coast Highway.
Historically occupied by the indigenous Pomo people, who were sustained by kelp and shellfish, it has since been developed with an eye on preservation of the natural landscape beauty. Sheep graze the fields and buildings are designed for optimal cohesion with the foggy cliffside terrain. Sea Ranch is a top choice for travelers looking to kickback and rejuvenate seaside.
Explore miles of walking trails along the rocky bluffs and through the cypress trees. Panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean might even yield a whale sighting or two! There are also 6 public access trails that connect the PCH with the beaches. Picnic in the sand and wade into the tide pools for a day of exploration.
A trail called Walk on the Beach connects to the 3-mile (one-way) Bluff Top Trail in the Gualala Point Regional Park (pronounced “wa-LA-la”). The Gualala River also runs near the trail and offers seasonal fishing opportunities. You can BBQ near picnic tables, bike, kayak, or canoe in the expansive 195-acre park.
Pay a visit to Fort Ross State Historic Park, home to the Rotchev House and other Russian-inspired buildings. You can set up a comprehensive tour with the Fort Ross Conservancy. Or consider taking the day in your own hands with wine-tasting the famous Sonoma Coast. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Petite Sirah are regional favorites. The wineries are perched high for stunning views of the vineyards and hilly grape-covered environment.
Visit the fantastical Sea Ranch Chapel, an architectural gem hidden in a wooded meadow off the Highway. The non-denominational chapel is open to the public, who can appreciate the local stone, redwood exterior, and copper accented design that’s meant to look like a swelling wave.
The historical logging town of Gualala is your best bet for local amenities. Plan ahead for everything to close by 8pm. Make a reservation for Black Point Grill at Sea Ranch Lodge for fresh and local cuisine. Wrap up your days near the water for sunset and be sure to catch the starry night sky - there’s minimal light-pollution in the area!
Drive one hour south along the Pacific Coastline to the pasture’s and rolling hills in Bodega Bay. The rich farmland and dramatic coastal town is the location where Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal The Bird’s was filmed. Stop in Valley Ford, with restaurants, shops, and the Valley Ford Market, a family-owned grocery store for local ranchers. Or check out Fishetarian Fish Market on Highway 12 for clam chowder, fish and chips, and more fresh local tastes. The town of Bodega features antiques, fine art, fresh-roasted coffee, and spa amenities that make it ideal for relaxation. The Doran Regional Park offers beaches, picnicking, fishing, and gorgeous tide pools. Bring a kite to make the most of the day!
40 minutes north is lighthouse at Point Arena, one of the more popular stops on the Pacific Coast Highway. Famous for the panoramic views, an entrance fee of less than $10 will provide a historical tour and trip to the top of the lighthouse for ideal outlooks.
Just under an hour and a half north lies charming and eccentric Mendocino. Stop for a beautiful walk through 100-year-old trees on the Pygmy Forest Discovery Trail. Walk through the Victorian-influenced Mendocino village towards the wind-whipped headlands and the Blowhole. Canoe or learn to surf before grabbing lunch at Jenny’s Giant Burger. If you have time, you can bike around Lake Cleone in MacKerricher State Park. Then stop off at Mendocino Chocolate Company for something sweet. End the day with an after dinner espresso and live music at Headlands Coffeehouse, a local institution with a monthly art show.
A community established of over 1,800 residences, it’s estimated about half consist of vacation rentals that can be found on Tripping.com. The distinctive architectural landscape consists of the straight lines of timber-clad structures and large picture windows with sea views. The homogeneity is designed cohesively for a laid-back and serene feel. Check out properties on the west side of Highway 1 for ocean access. Also see if pets are allowed and consider bringing your pup along for the fun!
Sea Ranch sits on Highway 1/Pacific Coast Highway. It’s equal distance from Oakland and San Francisco International Airport. The closest airport is Sonoma County Airport and local Cloverdale Municipal Airport. You can rent a car or take Sonoma County Airport Express shuttle into town.
Find the best Sea Ranch vacation rentals with Tripping.com. Choose from 81 rentals, from studio apartments to luxurious condos to entire cabin homes. Book in advance or book instantly with properties marked as “Instabook,” with prices ranging from $99 a night to $700 a night.
Our Tripping.com vacation rentals will save you hundreds, offering more amenities than the average hotel room. Going on a business trip? 61 of homes in Sea Ranch offer high-speed wifi internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Have them splash around in any of the 23 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 45 homes with cable TV.
For all those dog lovers and cat lovers, Sea Ranch offers 20 pet-friendly vacation rentals at an affordable price. Book the perfect vacation home that best matches your budget and accommodation style. For the ultimate stay, check out our listings now to grab the latest deals.Search properties from 4 rental sites in Sea Ranch where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, Booking.com, and PerfectPlaces. There are 40 HomeAway rentals, 19 Booking.com short term rentals and 12 PerfectPlaces vacation rentals.