Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park

There are several places to camp in Bodega Bay but only two that I know of have hook-ups.  The one that my parents used to go to is right on Highway 1 next to a restaurant.  I’ve heard the restaurant is good.  But, in my opinion the RV park was just a parking lot with hook-ups.  A few years ago, through a web search, we found Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park and decided to try it out.



Porto Bodega is located at 1500 Bay Flat Rd., directly on Bodega Bay.  There are 58 RV sites and 31 of these are waterfront sites.  All sites have hook-ups except for 13 of the waterfront sites.  The hook-ups include water, electricity, sewer and cable.


The first time we stayed there we had a waterfront site.


This was the view out our back window.

You will pay a little more for one of these sites and they get booked up so apparently, it’s worth it to lots of folks.  I would say that there is maybe one drawback to having a waterfront site and that would be the wind.  It can be very windy at times on the Northern California coast in summer and the waterfront sites seem to take more of a beating from the wind than the sites more “inside” the park.  The time we camped on the waterfront we weren’t able to have a campfire even once because the wind was blowing so hard.


This year we and our friends had sites at the very back of the park.  The benefits to that were the break from the wind.


…….And, our own little, private lanai, of sorts.


The campfires were great.


This is the view in the evening when the tide is low.


Just a short drive along Bay Flat Rd., around the other side of the bay, will bring you to Bodega Head.


The views are spectacular.



There are a couple of miles worth of walking paths where you can enjoy the wild flowers as well as the wild ocean views.  Twice along this path, on a morning jog, I’ve some across a doe and her young.



This rock was a favorite hang out for the pelicans.  Another rock was covered with seals and if the fog was in and you couldn’t see the rock, you still knew the seals were out there because you can hear them loud and clear.

There are so many things to do in the area besides the beach and all it offers.  You can always take the short drive to the town of Bodega where Alfred Hitchcock filmed “The Birds” and see the school house used in the film.  There is a little market in Bodega that sells delicious homemade soups and other yummy things like crab mac & cheese.  Bodega also has a couple of antique shops to browse…..no quilt shop though….bummer.

On the opposite side of the bay from the RV park is a great little place called Spud Point that sells some of the best clam chowder ever.  It’s an easy walk from the park for a lunch time treat.


This isn’t one of those RV parks that you look at and think, “Wow, this is gorgeous!”  But, of the two RV parks with hook-ups in town this one is by far the best.

Here’s the facts:

Rates:   $43.00 – $46.00  for sites with hook-ups;  $30.00 – $32.00 for dry sites.


Fire pits and picnic tables at each site

Boat Launch

Nice Bathrooms with Showers

Location:  1500 Bay Flat Rd., Bodega Bay, CA  94923

Phone #:  (707)875-2354


  • Wi-fi is advertised but not accessible at all sites.  Yet, the sites that do not have it pay as much as the sites who do.
  • Maintenance could be better as the “dog sanitation stations” are frequently out of pooh bags.

We have enjoyed our stay every time we’ve been to Porto Bodega and plan to return.  I think I would give this place 4 out of 5 stars.

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