Where is a Beautiful Peaceful Beach to Hide for 3 Days and Detox?

Question: I need to leave Sacramento with my 2 dogs and my out of control addiction to cocaine. I can't stop this runaway train and I need to get far away from the people places and things tempting me every day. Once I get that start I can look into some professional help in rehab. I just want a place to still my mind, re-establish a connection with God, not be around too many people or noise, etc. I am only interested in Northern California and maybe even Central. Southern is too far and not the type of experience I want. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Answer: I think your best bet would be to stick to places north of San Francisco. This section of the coast is sparsely populated, rugged and beautiful. Since we're heading into Fall, the number of visitors should be down (except, perhaps, on weekends.)

Your main challenge will be finding places where you can take your dogs. Most campgrounds allow them, but they are often not allowed on beaches and trails. Most state parks don't allow dogs on the beaches, but county parks often do.

Point Reyes National Seashore is one of the most beautiful spots in California. It's not the most pet-friendly place, but it does allow dogs on several of the beaches. It's a popular getaway for Bay Area residents, but it's also a very large park, and a great place for quiet contemplation. Here's the Point Reyes NS pet policy. You'll find lodging in Inverness, Point Reyes Station and Olema.

Sonoma Coast State Park is another possibility. This park is actually a series of beaches along a very scenic stretch of coast, from Bodega Head to Jenner. Here's a list of beaches where dogs are allowed:

  • Marshall Gulch

  • Carmet Beach

  • Schoolhouse Beach

  • Portuguese Beach

  • Duncan's Cove

  • Wright's Beach

  • Furlong Gulch

  • Shell Beach

  • Blind Beach

Gualala Point Regional Park or Stillwater Cove Regional Park are also good choices. The dog policy at Sonoma County Regional Parks allows dogs on a leash at these parks.

Mendocino Beaches are famous for their rugged beauty. However, I wasn't sure any of them would be pet-friendly until I looked them up, and luckily there are some lovely pet friendly beaches on the Mendocino Coast.

Finally, there's Humboldt County beaches. If you want to go that far north, you'll find they're very pet friendly. There are beaches where dogs are allowed to run off-leash under voice control. Here are the guidelines for Humboldt County Parks.

I hope this helps you find what you're looking for. I'll say a little prayer for you.


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Oct 18, 2013
Dog Friendly NorCal
by: Alex

Stay away from Bodega Bay. We have received the most unwelcome reception at that visitor center when we inquired about dog-friendly beaches. The "lady" pretty much assumed we were going to break the rules and proceeded to tell us all about the fines and the why not, etc. Hello!! We're asking because we want to do the right thing. There are dozens of NorCal coastal areas and camp grounds with a lot less attitude. Enjoy lovely Northern California, the views are stunning and it's much more relaxed than SoCal. Wouldn't live anywhere else.

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