While California certainly leads the country in treasuring scenic beauty and seaside recreating, it also possesses the nation’s finest setup of sheltered marine areas. These areas, home to many fish, seabirds and marine mammals, are also remarkable spots to visit.
In Northern Mendocino County, guests have access to the Ten Mile state marine conservation area and the marine reserve north of the Ten Mile Bridge. This beach, in MacKerricher State Park, is home to many birds, seal, sea lions and whales and serves as a breathtaking place to rest, snap photos or take a walk along the beach. Similarly, many offshore islets make for good tide pooling – anemones, sea stars, hermit crabs and sea urchins can often be found in these shallow waters. Visitors can park cars on the south side of Ten Mile Bridge to access the MacKerricher Old Haul Road, which parallels the marine conservation area.