When Sunset magazine ran a feature called “Top 10 Beaches of
the West” a few years ago, Anchor Bay came in at number 3, just behind
‘Aliomanu Beach in Kauai, Hawaii, and well ahead of beaches in Carmel,
Santa Barbara and San Diego. Located in the heart of the Mendocino
“banana belt,” the coastal village of Anchor Bay is warmer, with less fog
and wind, than its surrounding areas. The seclusion of the bay, which is edged by the white
sands of Fish Rock Beach and framed by majestic weathered bluffs, makes it popular with
visitors and locals. Protected from the wind, the bay is a delightful place to fish, scuba dive,
ocean kayak, surf, and boogie and skim board. It is also a great place for sea lion- and whalewatching, as well as beachcombing and tide-pooling.
In the town of Anchor Bay, visitors will find an old-fashioned village market that specializes in natural foods, a complete wine and beer emporium, restaurants, and other businesses. Accommodations in Anchor Bay include individual vacation rental cottages and homes, pristine housekeeping cabins, bed and breakfast inns and a campground.
WHERE: Between Gualala and Point Arena.
MORE INFO: Redwood Coast Chamber of Commerce, 707-884-1080 or 800-778-5252