In addition to the wide walking road that follows the coast, there are a myriad of smaller coastal trails that lead out to the bluffs, and down to smaller beaches along the way. Keep in mind that while dogs are allowed on-leash on the road itself, and on Pudding Creek beach, they are generally not allowed on the smaller beaches or bluffs along the road – as these are nesting habitat for the endangered snowy plover.
This is a very popular beach by Mendocino standards, but you will still likely find it relatively empty. It’s easy enough, even on the most beautiful days, to find a patch of sand that’s all your own – and if you walk to the far north of the beach you can usually find quite a bit of privacy. Up the hill you’ll find the popular Beachcomber Motel – a great choice of an affordable place to stay if you want to be in Fort Bragg with an amazing view.