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Shell-Beach is located just north of Pismo Beach on the Central Coast of California. This pretty little town is one of the most scenic spots in the area, with rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and crevice-filled rocks jutting out of the ocean. Shell Beach is very popular with kayakers and if you drive down Ocean Boulevard, there is a parking lot with stairs that provide access to the beach below. A picturesque gazebo in Margo Dodd Park provides breathtaking views of the ocean and is a great place for a picnic. Fishing is also available from the stretch of cliffs located in the village. Nearby attractions include the Pismo Beach outlet shops, the piers, restaurants and boutiques of Avila Beach and Pismo Beach and the Danish village of Solvang. Hearst Castle is approximately 60 miles north of Shell Beach. Other activities near Shell Beach include surfing, shelling, exploring tidepools and watching the sea life, antique shopping and wine tasting. The city of San Luis Obispo is a short drive north of Shell Beach and offers a farmers market every Thursday, a childrens museum, numerous art galleries and shops and fine dining.

Surrounding areas: Jenner, California (2.0 mi), Duncans Mills, California (3.9 mi), Monte Rio, California (6.4 mi), Bodega Bay, California (7.8 mi), Guerneville, California (8.8 mi), Rio Nido, California (10.1 mi), Timber Cove, California (11.4 mi)

Shell Beach Vacation Rentals

Shell Beach Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Bodega Bay Lodge103 Coast Hwy 1Bodega Bay, CA7.0 mi.(707) 875-3525
Inn At The TidesBodega Bay, CA7.0 mi.(707) 875-2751
Timberhill Ranch35755 Hauser BRG RdCazadero, CA7.9 mi.(707) 847-3258
Best Western Andersen's Inn12367 S Hwy 33Santa Nella, CA9.5 mi.(800) 528-1234
Holiday Inn Express28976 W PLZ DrSanta Nella, CA9.5 mi.(800) 428-3687
Motel 6 #29412733 S Hwy 33Santa Nella, CA9.5 mi.(209) 826-6644
Ramada Inn Mission De Oro13070 S Hwy 33 At I-5Santa Nella, CA9.5 mi.(209) 826-4444
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sebastopol1101 Gravenstein Hwy SSebastopol, CA16.3 mi.(707) 829-6677
Flamingo Resort Hotel Fitness Center2777 Fourth StSanta Rosa, CA18.1 mi.(800) 848-8300
Holiday Inn Express Windsor - Sonoma County8865 Conde LnWindsor, CA18.5 mi.(707) 837-0808
Best Western Dry Creek Inn198 Dry CRK RdHealdsburg, CA18.6 mi.(707) 433-0300
Camellia Inn211 N StHealdsburg, CA18.6 mi.(707) 433-8182
Healdsburg Travelodge178 Dry Crk RdHealdsburg, CA18.6 mi.(707) 433-0101
Lion's Lair2540 ML CRK RdHealdsburg, CA18.6 mi.(707) 431-1211
Vintners Inn4350 Barnes RdSanta Rosa, CA19.7 mi.(707) 575-7350
Holiday Inn Express870 Hopper AveSanta Rosa, CA20.8 mi.(707) 545-9000
Ramada Limited866 Hopper AveSanta Rosa, CA20.8 mi.(707) 575-4600
Los Robles Lodge1985 Cleveland AveSanta Rosa, CA21.0 mi.(800) 255-6330
Motel 6 #13623145 Cleveland AveSanta Rosa, CA21.0 mi.(707) 525-9010
Motel 62760 Cleveland AveSanta Rosa, CA21.0 mi.(707) 546-1500
Extended Stay America Santa Rosa North100 Fountain Grove PkwySanta Rosa, CA21.1 mi.(707) 541-0959
Hotel La Rose308 Wilson StSanta Rosa, CA21.2 mi.(707) 579-3200
Sonoma Hilton At Santa Rosa3555 Round Barn BlvdSanta Rosa, CA21.2 mi.(707) 523-7555
Days Inn175 Railroad StSanta Rosa, CA21.3 mi.(707) 573-9000
Vineyard Creek Hotel170 Railroad StSanta Rosa, CA21.3 mi.(707) 636-7100
Extended Stay America Santa Rosa #9762600 Corby AveSanta Rosa, CA21.4 mi.(707) 546-4808
Marconi Conference Center18500 State Hwy OneMarshall, CA21.6 mi.(415) 663-9020
Best Western Garden Inn1500 Santa Rosa AveSanta Rosa, CA21.6 mi.(707) 546-4031
Fountaingrove Inn Hotel & Conference Center101 Fountaingrove PkwySanta Rosa, CA21.6 mi.(800) 222-6101
Quality Inn And Suites3000 Santa Rosa AveSanta Rosa, CA21.6 mi.(707) 521-2100
Good Nite Inn Rohnert Park5040 Redwood DrRohnert Park, CA21.9 mi.(707) 584-8180
Rodeway Inn Wine Country6288 Redwood DrRohnert Park, CA22.0 mi.(707) 584-1600
Best Western Inn6500 Redwood DrRohnert Park, CA22.1 mi.(707) 584-7435
Motel 6 #10386145 Commerce BlvdRohnert Park, CA22.3 mi.(707) 585-8888
Doubletree Hotel Sonoma Wine CountryOne Doubletree DrRohnert Park, CA23.0 mi.(707) 584-5466
Super 8 Cloverdale1147 S Cloverdale BlvdCloverdale, CA25.8 mi.(707) 894-9288
Motel 65135 Montero WayPetaluma, CA25.9 mi.(707) 664-9090
Quality Inn Petaluma5100 Montero WayPetaluma, CA26.0 mi.(707) 664-1155
Motel 6 #13691368 N Mcdowell BlvdPetaluma, CA26.2 mi.(707) 765-0333
Best Western Cloverdale Inn324 S Cloverdale RdCloverdale, CA26.8 mi.(707) 894-7500

Shell Beach Weather & Climate

The Northern California coast region, including the Russian River area, has a climate of mild days and cool nights - even in summertime. Right along the coast, low clouds and fog that usually burns off by early afternoon, is common. The further inland you go away from the ocean, the sunnier it is. There is little or no rain May through September. The rainy season begins in late October or November, with January and February being the wettest months. Flooding is a problem in winter when rains are heavy within a short period of time, mostly due to the many creeks and rivers in the area. Strong winds are usually present right along the coastline, but lessen as you travel inland. Fall is generally the sunniest season along the northern California coast.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 40°F 11.69 in. 52°F
February 58°F 42°F 10.28 in. 52°F
March 59°F 42°F 8.14 in. 51°F
April 60°F 42°F 3.35 in. 49°F
May 62°F 44°F 1.61 in. 49°F
June 65°F 46°F 0.33 in. 51°F
July 66°F 47°F 0.11 in. 53°F
August 67°F 48°F 0.25 in. 53°F
September 67°F 48°F 0.69 in. 54°F
October 65°F 46°F 3.21 in. 55°F
November 61°F 43°F 8.06 in. 54°F
December 57°F 40°F 8.15 in. 53°F

Shell Beach Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Napa County airport (APC) located about 47 miles southeast of Shell Beach in Napa, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located approximately 68 miles southeast of Shell Beach in San Francisco, California, the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located roughly 68 miles southeast of Shell Beach in Oakland, California, and finally the Yolo County Davis Woodland Winters airport (2Q3) located around 68 miles east of Shell Beach in Davis / Woodland / Winters, California.

Shell Beach Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA8.4 mi.
TraintownSonomaCA36.6 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA51.4 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA62.6 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA66.3 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA88.2 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USAConcordCA66.3 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA88.2 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA100.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Northwood Golf ClubMonte RioCA6.4 mi.
Bodega Harbour Golf LinksBodega BayCA7.8 mi.
Forebay Golf CourseSanta NellaCA9.5 mi.
Sebastopol Golf CourseSebastopolCA14.5 mi.
Windsor Golf ClubWindsorCA17.8 mi.
Tayman Park Municipal Golf CourseHealdsburgCA19.4 mi.
Wikiup Golf CourseSanta RosaCA20.4 mi.
Fairgrounds Golf CenterSanta RosaCA21.6 mi.
Oakmont Golf ClubSanta RosaCA21.6 mi.
Bennett Valley Golf CourseSanta RosaCA24.5 mi.
Sea Ranch Lodge & Golf LinksSea RanchCA27.4 mi.
Adobe Creek Golf CoursePetalumaCA28.7 mi.
Rooster Run Golf ClubPetalumaCA28.7 mi.
Alondra Park Golf CourseLawndaleCA29.9 mi.
State Parks
Salt Point State ParkCA14.8 mi. 
Tomales Bay State ParkCA24.3 mi. 
Annadel State ParkCA26.6 mi. 
Robert Louis Stevenson State ParkCA32.3 mi. 
Bothe Napa Valley State ParkCA32.5 mi. 
Sugarloaf Ridge State ParkCA33.1 mi. 
Samuel P Taylor State ParkCA35.0 mi. 
Byron Randall MuseumTomalesCA16.5 mi.(History)
Sonoma County MuseumSanta RosaCA21.6 mi.(History)
Pacific Coast Air MuseumSanta RosaCA21.6 mi.(Technology)
Mexican TextilesSanta RosaCA21.6 mi.(Art)
Bolinas MuseumBolinasCA42.3 mi.(Art)
Online Directory of International Sculpture Parks & GardensVallejoCA51.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bay Area Discovery MuseumSausalitoCA51.7 mi.(Children's)
Museum of the City of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.(History)
San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.(History)
Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Academy of SciencesSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.(Science)
ExploratoriumSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.(Science)
Weaving Art Museum and Research InstituteSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.(Technology)
Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.(Art)
ZEUMSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.(Children's)
Jewish-American Hall of Fame (Division of Magnes Museum)BerkeleyCA59.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Judah L. Magnes MuseumBerkeleyCA59.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Lawrence Hall of ScienceBerkeleyCA59.4 mi.(Science)
Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film ArchiveBerkeleyCA59.4 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA51.4 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA58.5 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA62.6 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA88.2 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA100.0 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA101.8 mi.

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