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Russian River Beaches

Monte Rio Beach, open to the public, is just 4 miles east of Duncans Mills and features a children's swim area, snack bar, volley ball and kayak rentals and on the other side of the bridge, a boat ramp. Monte Rio Recreation & Park District (707) 865-2487

Johnsonís Beach & Resort, open to the public, is located in the casual little town of Guerneville. It is in the downtown area within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. PO Box 386, 16241 First Street, Guerneville, CA   95446  (707) 869-2022 www.johnsonsbeach.com

Ocean Beaches

Goat Rock Beach is a local favorite. Located near Jenner, Goat Rock features a lovely curving drive down to sea level. Walk the beach, watch the birds and enjoy the sea air.

Salmon Creek Beach is big, long, and flat beach with easy access and wonderful sand dunes.

For surfing beaches, head farther south on Highway 1 to Bodega Bay and follow the signs to Dillon Beach or Bodega Head. Call or stop by the Bodega Bay Surf Shack (707) 875-3944 to find out where to catch some waves. The store offers a 24-hour weather and surf report.