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Fortuna began as a gold mining town, but the early settlers instead found a very fertile farmland, and so their riches soon came from farming instead of gold. The town of Fortuna is located in northern California, south of Eureka, along U.S. Highway 101 on the banks of the Van Duzen River near the Pacific Ocean. This area of scenic, rugged coastline has been called "one of the top unspoiled destination points in the world," by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. The area has a rural atmosphere, breathtaking scenery including giant Redwoods and the ocean, plus tons of outdoor recreational opportunities and an overall peaceful, relaxing attitude. The town of Fortuna brings to mind the small towns of the 1950s. It has supermarkets and retail shops, service stations and lodging facilities, plus a wide variety of restaurants. The town is home to several festivals throughout the year, including an annual Apple Harvest Festival in October; a city-wide event that features barbecue, live music, hayrides, apple pie sales, games and more. There is also a Micro-Brew Festival held in September, Holiday Festival in December and a weekly Farmer's Market each Tuesday, June through October. For those looking for a safe, small town atmosphere from which to base a northern California coastal vacation, Fortuna makes an excellent choice. Attractions near the town include the wineries of Anderson Valley, the seaside village of Mendocino, the Fort Bragg Skunk Train, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and the Victorian "Old Town" in Eureka.

Surrounding areas: Ferndale, California (5.8 mi), Eureka, California (13.3 mi), Arcata, California (19.4 mi), Trinidad, California (32.0 mi), Willow Creek, California (36.3 mi), Hyampom, California (37.0 mi), Redway, California (37.4 mi)

Fortuna Vacation Rentals

Fortuna Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Country Inn2025 Riverwalk DrFortuna, CA (800) 679-7511
Best Western Country InnRiv Walk DrFortuna, CA (707) 725-6822
Comfort Inn & Suites1583 Riverwalk DrFortuna, CA (707) 725-7025
Holiday Inn Express1859 Alamar WayFortuna, CA (707) 725-5500
Super 8 Motel Fortuna1805 Alamar WayFortuna, CA (707) 725-2888
Days Inn4260 Broadway StEureka, CA11.9 mi.(707) 444-2019
Eureka Travelodge4 Fourth StEureka, CA14.1 mi.(707) 443-6345
Motel 61934 Broadway (hwy 101)Eureka, CA14.1 mi.(707) 445-9631
Ramada Eureka270 5TH StEureka, CA14.1 mi.(707) 443-2206
Quality Inn1209 4TH StEureka, CA14.2 mi.(707) 443-1601
Town House Hotel933 Fourth StEureka, CA14.2 mi.(707) 443-4536
Clarion Resort2223 Fourth StEureka, CA14.3 mi.(707) 442-3261
Econo Lodge1630 Fourth StEureka, CA14.3 mi.(707) 443-8041
Red Lion Hotel Eureka1929 Fourth StEureka, CA14.3 mi.(707) 445-0844
Rodeway Inn2014 4TH StEureka, CA14.3 mi.(707) 444-0401
Arcata Days Inn4975 Vly West BlvdArcata, CA18.9 mi.(707) 822-4861
Arcata Super 8 Motel4887 Vly W BlvdArcata, CA18.9 mi.(707) 822-8888
Comfort Inn Arcata4701 Vly West BlvdArcata, CA18.9 mi.(707) 826-2827
Howard Johnson Express Inn4700 Valley W BlvdArcata, CA18.9 mi.(707) 826-9660
Super 8 Motel4887 Vly West BlvdArcata, CA18.9 mi.(800) 626-1900
Best Western Arcala Inn4827 Vly W BlvdArcala, CA19.1 mi.(707) 826-0313
Flying Double A Ranch700 Ruth Star RtBridgeville, CA20.8 mi.(707) 574-6668
Quality Inn Arcata3535 Janes RdArcata, CA21.1 mi.(707) 822-0409
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3107 Concorde DrMckinleyville, CA24.3 mi.(707) 840-9305

Fortuna Weather & Climate

The scenic redwoods coast area of Northern California has a mild year round climate that is completely dominated by the Pacific Ocean. This region that is located approximately two hours south of the Oregon State line experiences frequent and abundant rain October through April. These months account for about 90 percent of the annual precipitation, which averages 40 inches. The months of June through September are generally dry. Warm summer days are marked by low clouds and fog which usually dissipates by early afternoon with sunny conditions remaining until late evening when low clouds move back in. Temperatures are quite moderate with the annual range being one of the smallest in the lower 48 states. Fall is marvelous along the northern coast with warm, sunny days and calm ocean conditions. Areas over the coastal mountains, as close as 40 miles away, can have a much greater range of temperature than the coastal areas.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 40°F 8.45 in. 51°F
February 58°F 41°F 7.70 in. 51°F
March 59°F 41°F 7.40 in. 52°F
April 61°F 43°F 3.38 in. 51°F
May 64°F 46°F 1.73 in. 51°F
June 67°F 49°F 0.55 in. 51°F
July 69°F 52°F 0.11 in. 53°F
August 71°F 52°F 0.34 in. 54°F
September 71°F 49°F 0.82 in. 54°F
October 68°F 46°F 2.81 in. 54°F
November 60°F 42°F 6.87 in. 53°F
December 56°F 39°F 8.31 in. 51°F

Fortuna Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Arcata airport (ACV) located about 26 miles north of Fortuna in Arcata / Eureka, California.

Fortuna Attractions

Water Parks
Waterworks ParkReddingCA92.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Eureka Municipal Golf CourseEurekaCA10.8 mi.
Beau Pre Golf ClubMcKinleyvilleCA23.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount Shasta Ski ParkShastaCA87.4 mi.
State Parks
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State ParkCA15.7 mi. 
Humboldt Redwoods State ParkCA21.1 mi. 
Patricks Point State ParkCA36.7 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Sequoia Park ZooEurekaCA14.1 mi.

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