Seaside Beach is located 11 miles north of Noyo Harbor off of Highway 1. Parking is free. It is 200 yards over soft sand to the beach so a carrying partner may be in order here. The launch area is unprotected and almost always through surf. Launching here should only be attempted when conditions are mild. The area to the north has extensive rock gardens, sea caves and many small, semi-protected beaches most of which are virtually inaccessible by other means. To the south is the mouth of Ten Mile River and beyond is approximately four miles of mostly sandy beach to Laguna Point.
Chadbourne Gulch ( aka: Blues Beach) is located 16 miles north of Noyo Harbor off of Highway 1. Parking is free. It is approximately 200 yards to the beach over soft sand. Four wheel drive vehicles equipped for soft sand may be able to drive down to the beach and may even be able to reach the somewhat improved protection to the north. Check the tides to be sure that your vehicle will not become trapped as the water rises. The launch area is mostly unprotected and the launch and landing will be through surf. The depth increases gradually here and the waves approaching the beach develop steep faces that attract many surfers. There is some protection from breaking surf next to a large rock islet to the north of the parking area. When conditions are mild along the Mendocino coast, this is often the only beach that has surfable waves. Launching should not be attempted unless conditions are calm. The areas to both the north and particularly the south feature many rocky coves, crevices, blowholes caves and some shallow, protected rock gardens. Be particularly alert for offshore reefs that may cause waves to crest and break unexpectedly. Abalone divers looking for a rich diving site that is difficult to reach and has had minimal pressure may find what they are looking for here.
Pete´s Beach is located approximately 18 miles north of Noyo Harbor off of Highway 1. Parking is free. The beach is accessed via a trail and stairway so it will be necessary to carry your boat. The launch area has a rock to the south that may provide minimal protection but access is somewhat dependent on the height of the tide. Launching here should only be attempted when conditions are mild. The area immediately to the south, off of the village of Westport, is a vast rock garden but the rocks in this area tend to reflect the waves and the water is often choppy.
Locations are from south to north
Point Arena to Albion River
Van Damme to Russian Gulch
Caspar to MacKerricker
Wages Creek to Bear Harbor
You can look at a map of the coastline from Albion to Westport by clicking the link below. You might find it useful for planning purposes however it lacks sufficient detail to serve as your only guide to reach the various sites. Several good dive and kayak launching sites are marked.