Wright’s Beach Campground Review


We went on a spring camping trip to Wright’s Beach in Bodega Bay, CA. Wright’s Beach is part of the Sonoma Coast State Park. We stayed at site 18.

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The Campsite

The sites at Wright’s Beach are all fairly small. Site 18 was a challenge for us to park our 20 foot trailer in. The challenge wasn’t the actual parking of the trailer but instead deciding where to position it in the site. The site was larger than many other sites but it was wide, not deep. We ended up parking the trailer sideways in the site instead of backing it in.

Getting the trailer level was a little challenging. We normally use Andersen levelers but they didn’t work well on sand. When we tried to reverse onto them they just slid backwards with the tire, they couldn’t grip on the sand. We ended up using the traditional leveling blocks but since we normally only use those to place under the tongue and stabilizers we almost ran out building up a platform large enough to level the trailer. Next time we camp here we’ll bring extra leveling blocks.

Because of how we positioned the trailer we weren’t able to use the fire pit. Though it would have been nice to have a wood fire we did have our propane fire pit with us. That ended up working out well because it would have been a struggle to position chairs around the existing fire pit. So, instead we put the propane fire pit in the center of camp and put chairs all the way around it.

Campsite 18 is not secluded. You have neighbors on both sides and behind. And the campground is very popular so chances are those sites will be filled. During out visit all of our neighbors were very nice. One of them even offered to let us park our truck at their camp since ours was so cramped. We didn’t take him up on his offer but it was still very kind.

Now, even though the sites were small and not secluded, that is the only downside about this campground. We were able to see the beach from our site. And the entire campground is right on the beach. The beach is just a few steps away from any site. You camp here to visit the beach, not stay at your site, so the small spaces aren’t a big deal.

The camp sites didn’t have Verizon coverage. But, there was decent coverage on the beach. It seemed to be the same for AT&T.

The Best Campsites

  • Site 8
    • Sites 1-10 are all premium sites right on the beach. You can’t go wrong with any of them. But, out of those sites, campsite 8 was our favorite. It is on a corner so you have a clear view of the ocean out the front as well as on one side.
  • Site 13
    • This was the only pull through site. And it’s not right on the beach but still close enough to see the ocean.

The Weather

We went camping at the beach in April. We knew there was a chance of rainy or cold weather. And it actually rained and hailed the day before we arrived. While we were there though it was great weather. The first night was windy and the kids were bundled up with jackets, hats, and gloves. But the next day was a perfect beach day, warm and not too windy.

The Activities

This campground is right on the beach. There are 10 sites that are directly on the beach. We weren’t in one of those spots and accessing the beach was still simple. If any of the beach front sites were empty you could just walk through them. (They were only empty for a few hours between campers though.) Otherwise, you can walk to the beach from the day use area which isn’t far at all. It’s no further than you would expect to walk to a bathroom from camp. It’s close enough that carrying chairs, blankets, and sand toys is no problem.

Playing at Wright's Beach

Once you park here you won’t want to leave. The beach is absolutely beautiful and walking the beach or sitting on the beach relaxing will be the activity you want to do while here.

The Dog-Friendly Hiking

The beach is completely dog friendly. Which is awesome and becoming hard to find in Northern California.

The trails around camp are not dog friendly. Although this is normally very disappointing, it didn’t feel like that big of a deal here. Come to this campground with the expectation that you’ll have a wonderful time on the beach. Don’t expect to go on a hike. Most of the hikes around here go to another beach. I didn’t see the point in hiking to another beach when you have one right at camp.

The Beer

There aren’t any breweries around. Surprisingly Bodega Bay doesn’t have any local breweries yet. And once you get to camp you won’t want to leave. So, I’d recommend stopping somewhere to get beer before arriving.

You’ll be able to find Lagunitas at all of the grocery stores around and that is brewed in Petaluma, CA which is only 30 miles away. You can’t go wrong with a Lagunitas IPA. You may also be able to find some beer from Seismic Brewing in grocery stores. It’s brewed in Sebastopol, CA which is about 20 miles away. We like the Shatter Cone IPA by Seismic.

The Recap

Wright’s Beach campground is beautiful and right on a dog-friendly beach. The small sites right near your neighbors are worth it for the amazing views and easy beach access.

Campground Details:

Wright’s Beach Campground
7095 CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

Can reserve online at reservecalifornia.com. Reservations open 6 months ahead at 8am PST.

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