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Mendocino is a small village that sits on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean along California's scenic, rugged northern coast. National Geographic Traveler Magazine has named California's northern coast as "one of the top unspoiled destination points in the world." In the middle of this natural beauty, the small town of Mendocino has a New England-style charm and has become a haven for artists who are inspired by their surroundings. The drive to Mendocino will take you through forests of towering California Redwoods that seem to rise majestically from the sea, over winding roads that eventually open up to give you a glimpse of this pretty little town sat perched like a painting against the blue of the ocean. This is Mendocino. Once in town, visitors enjoy taking their time to explore the dozens of shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants that line the streets that overlook the ocean. After a leisurely lunch in town, hike the headlands and beautiful gardens that lead to the ocean, or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy eating as you take in the panoramic views. There is also biking, horseback riding, fishing, canoeing and kayaking in nearby Big River, and golf, tennis, spas, theater, live music, garden tours, gambling and wine tasting nearby. You can visit the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Montgomery Woods, home to the world's tallest tree. Mendocino also holds several special events throughout the year, such as the Crab and Wine Festival in January/February, the Mendocino Music Festival in July and the Wine and Mushroom Fest in November. Whether you come for the outdoor recreation, the quaint shops, or for the wonderful scenery, Mendocino in remote northern California is a treat for the senses.

Surrounding areas: Caspar, California (3.9 mi), Albion, California (6.0 mi), Fort Bragg, California (9.3 mi), Elk, California (13.1 mi), Westport, California (22.6 mi), Willits, California (24.9 mi), Boonville, California (31.0 mi)

Mendocino Vacation Rentals

Mendocino Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Super 8 Motel888 South Main StFort Bragg, CA8.4 mi.(707) 964-4003
Quality Inn & Suites Tradewinds400 S Main StFort Bragg, CA9.0 mi.(707) 964-4761
Holiday Inn Express250 Hwy 20Fort Bragg, CA9.5 mi.(707) 964-1100
Seabird Lodge191 S StFort Bragg, CA9.5 mi.(707) 964-4731
Quality Inn & Suites1141 N Main StFort Bragg, CA10.3 mi.(800) 643-5482
Baechtel Creek Inn101 Gregory LnWillits, CA24.6 mi.(707) 459-9063
Best Western Willits Inn1777 S Main StWillits, CA24.7 mi.(707) 459-5800
Wharf Master's Inn785 PRT StPoint Arena, CA28.1 mi.(707) 882-3171

Mendocino Weather & Climate

The rugged northern Pacific Coast, north of the San Francisco Bay Area, experiences a mild climate year round. There is very little variation in temperature from winter, spring, summer and fall. Summers are dry, but typically cool and foggy right along the coast. Further inland, near the Anderson Valley, temperatures will be warmer with more sunny days. Be advised that it can be in the 60s in the Mendocino coast area, and just 30 miles inland the temperature can be in the 90s. Cool ocean breezes and a thick marine layer helps moderate coastal temperatures. If visiting during wintertime, there is a good chance it will rain during your stay. November through March are the wettest months. Fall is generally the sunniest time along the northern Pacific Coast.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 55°F 40°F 7.32 in. 52°F
February 57°F 41°F 6.78 in. 52°F
March 58°F 42°F 6.48 in. 50°F
April 60°F 43°F 2.86 in. 50°F
May 62°F 45°F 1.59 in. 50°F
June 64°F 48°F 0.42 in. 51°F
July 66°F 49°F 0.14 in. 51°F
August 66°F 50°F 0.34 in. 52°F
September 67°F 49°F 0.74 in. 53°F
October 64°F 46°F 2.57 in. 53°F
November 59°F 43°F 5.42 in. 53°F
December 55°F 39°F 6.34 in. 53°F

Mendocino Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Little River airport (O48) located about 3 miles southeast of Mendocino in Little River, California.

Mendocino Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA70.4 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworks ParkReddingCA115.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Little River Inn Golf & Tennis ClubLittle RiverCA2.8 mi.
Brooktrails Golf CourseWillitsCA23.8 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount Shasta Ski ParkShastaCA112.9 mi.
State Parks
Mendocino Headlands State ParkCA0.6 mi. 
Russian Gulch State ParkCA2.0 mi. 
Van Damme State ParkCA3.0 mi. 
Navarro River Redwoods State ParkCA11.7 mi. 
MacKerricher State ParkCA12.6 mi. 
Dimmick Memorial Grove State ParkCA14.1 mi. 
Manchester Beach State ParkCA23.8 mi. 
Hendy Woods State ParkCA24.4 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Sequoia Park ZooEurekaCA105.0 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA117.6 mi.

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