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Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Jackson State Forest, Fort Bragg is a one-of-a-kind coastal community full of interesting people, fantastic food, unique culture—and of course, the wild, untamed beauty of California’s epic North Coast. We love it here and we think you will, too!

Enjoy the ride

Your drive to Fort Bragg will be full of twists and turns. The good news: the views on the drive are truly wonderful, from the verdant glow of the Northern California forests to the majestic cliffs of the gorgeous coastline.

Some tips for making the drive:

  • Once you’ve decided on a route, plan your adventure in advance: gas, food, and bathroom stops
  • Take your time—use road pullouts to let other cars pass, stretch yours legs and enjoy the scenery
  • Cell phone reception is spotty so enjoy the ride!
  • Stay aware of other vehicles on twisty roads, especially at night
  • If traveling in winter, check road conditions before and plan accordingly
  • If windy roads aren’t your friend, bring Dramamine (non-drowsy available) and carbonated beverages (clear is always best for the stomach)

The seasons in Fort Bragg are mild all year round, which means no blizzards and no heatwaves. It also means you won’t see a lot of shorts and t-shirts around—we’re not SoCal! Average yearly temps hover in the mid-60s (average summer high is 67) with lows dipping into the mid-40s.

You’ll also want to check the tide before planning a beach day to get the most out of your tide pooling adventures! Check the tide table from NOAA here.

We love our beaches and forests and trails! We want to preserve the pristine beauty of our land so that future generations can enjoy it as much as we do. That’s why we don’t allow the removal of sea glass, plants, driftwood, artifacts or sea life from our parks.

If you were hoping to snag a piece of sea glass from Glass Beach, you’re in luck: though we don’t allow removal of glass from the beach, Fort Bragg is home to the International Sea Glass Museum, which boasts the world’s largest permanent sea glass exhibit. They also have a gift shop where you’ll find glass pieces, sculptures, and more.

The rocky Mendocino Coast is full of gorgeous cliffs and evocative headlands, with plenty of trails to explore. Enjoy it! Just know your surroundings and stay safe. Here are a few tips and things to be aware of.

  • Cliffs can crumble, so stay away from the edge.
  • Rocks can be slippery.
  • Watch out for large sneaker waves, and never turn your back to the ocean. Sneaker waves can occur at any time and knock you down and sweep you off beaches.
  • If you have children or pets with you, keep them close.
  • Pay attention to the incoming tide—it can strand you on rocks and beaches.
  • The ocean is cold. If you plan on venturing in, consider a wetsuit.
  • If you do swim and get caught in a rip current, don’t fight it. Tread water, swim parallel to the shore until you’re free of the rip current, then swim to shore.
Enjoy the ride

In Fort Bragg, we pride ourselves on being the most dog-friendly destination along California’s North Coast. Miles of welcoming beaches, trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and dog parks offer great fun for everyone. Pet-friendly lodging, restaurants, and shops mean your best friend gets to enjoy more than just the view from the back seat of your car.

Enjoy our State beaches with your dogs on leash, but don’t miss these two beaches where your furry friends are free to romp off-leash: Noyo Beach in Fort Bragg’s harbor and the expansive Seaside Beach just ten miles north of town. Locals love these on-leash dog walks for long leisurely strolls: Fort Bragg’s scenic Coastal Trail and the stunning Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens just south of town.

While your dogs are welcome almost anywhere here, we kindly ask that you respect our leash laws, as these are designed to protect natural habitats along the coast and in our forests.

For more information and resources, see our Pet-Friendly Itinerary.

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