Fort Bragg is north of Mendocino Northern California. I have been trying to find a word on how to describe Fort Bragg and strangely enough, it keeps on reminding me of a beautiful sophisticated woman who is powerful beyond imagination. It is sheltered but active, finesse but fun, beautiful but carefree. It is exactly the kind of romantic adventure any couple is imagining. The beaches are uncrowded, the water is clean, the forests are thick and the air is clean.  It also offers some of the most unique adventures and activities.

Abalone Diving

Commercial selling of abalone is illegal but once a year, divers are allowed to seek the sought after abalone for their own consumption. Abalone divers wear a thick hooded wetsuit, a mask, snorkel, weight belt, abalone iron, and abalone gauge. You may experience some free divers. Free divers rely on holding their own breath when diving and carries no oxygen. Only trained ones are allowed to free dive in Fort Bragg.

Deep-sea Fishing

When other places in Northern California offer fishing, Fort Bragg can offer deep sea diving. Deep sea diving is when you go to the deepest part of the ocean and angle for ocean fish species, like tuna, shark, and swordfish. You can go on some chartered boats for this experience. This is not open the whole year so we advise you to check with local outfitters to plan your trip well.

Whale Watching

Gray and Humback whales may be spotted from Fort Bragg’s MacKerricher State Park and many other headlands along Fort Bragg's shoreline.


There are four places where you can watch the birds: MacKerricher State Park, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, a tiny island off the northwest end of the Mendocino Headlands, and out to sea. The sky never looked this mystifying with hundreds of kinds of birds fly through it. The shore birds are most often seen from the MacKerricher State Park. There are more than 130 species of birds that may be seen from the Botanical Garden and thousands more in the Mendocino Headlands. 

Hike, Bike, Camp, Jog

Fort Bragg terrain is also ideal for hiking, biking, jogging and camping. The paths you will travel will not only satisfy your need for some rugged adventure, it will allow your eyes to feast in the natural beauty of the forest. You can go to the MacKerricher State Park to watch harbor seals and sea lions in their natural habitat. The Cleone Lake is also home to more than 100 species of birds. You can also enjoy the view from a different perspective by riding a bike or a horse as you traverse the park.

There are more things to do in Fort Bragg like golf, shopping, beach hopping and others. It is an ideal weekend getaway place but we advise you to stay longer because the place is just too beautiful to leave behind without experiencing every corner of it.


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