The open, gently curving beach is an excellent vantage point to watch for migrating whales. It is also a nesting and mating area for the Snowy Plover, a protected bird species that nests directly on the sand. For this reason, dogs are not permitted on the beach. Coots, pelicans, and sanderlings, who run across the beach like wind up toys, also call the beach home. It’s a great place for bird watching as well as whale watching.
Fishermen can try their luck angling for steelhead trout in the beach’s two creeks, Alder Creek and Brush Creek. Anyone over the age of 16 needs a fishing license, which can be obtained online here: https://www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/InternetSales/.
Fishing is also available at the nearby Point Arena Pier, where you can watch the surfers while you’re waiting for a bite on your line.