Fort Bragg Travel Guide

  • Noyo River Basin at Fort Bragg
    Noyo River Basin at Fort Bragg
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    Glass Beach at Fort Bragg
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Fort Bragg Things to Do

  • Skunk Train

    Attractions and Activities There are many things to do in Our Sleepy Ocean Town. Here are a few things that you may do while you visit. GLASS BEACH Spend a day collecting glass and exploring the many tide pools at this very unique beach. Smooth pieces of glass worn by the sea are sprinkled in the sand by the waves....

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  • Belinda Point, Part III

    Besides the spectacular coastline and flora, there are also great tide pool and bird watching opportunities here. Seals, sea lions, and whales can often be spotted off shore. But, please stay on the trail. Don't walk across the bluff flora to watch wildlife.

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  • Belinda Point, Part II

    As noted the trail winds it's way a short 5 minute walk to the bluff, where restoration of endemic bluff flora is underway.

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  • Belinda Point--Famous Movie Set

    The 1940's Academy Award Winner Johnny Belinda, which featured Jane Wyman as a deaf girl, was shot on location at Belinda Point. The set is mostly gone, but the pond and natural setting remain. Access to Belinda Point is south of the main bridge, and difficult to find, so this place is a good off the beaten path bluff to visit but it remains one of...

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  • More Glass Beach Images

    Although crowded with tourists, this is a must see place in Fort Bragg as these images testify. Further up the coast, new housing also testifies to the growing popularity of Fort Bragg generally speaking.

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  • Glass Beach

    Glass Beach is on the northern end of town. Turn right at the Denny's and follow your nose to the beach. It's a very popular place to go, and as a result the famed glass is now disappearing. Originally, the cove and beach were a dump where discarded metal and bottles were carelessly dumped. Then, the beach was cleaned up, but the broken glass...

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  • Noyo Harbor

    This harbor is featured in the movie "Overboard" and is even more beautiful in person. It's a great place to watch the harbor seals and fishing boats. You can charter fishing boats, head out whale watching, or rent a kyack from here. Links to charter companies are on the contact website. There are also several nice restaurants with great views of...

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  • Noyo Harbor

    Noyo Harbor is where Fort Bragg's fishing boats are based. And it has good seafood. This is a nice fishing village; you can enjoy yourself just watching the boats come and go. Chartered fishing tours are available. Check the website below.Walking down to it from downtown is hazardous, as there are no sidewalks. The road is narrow, too. Better to...

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  • Downtown Ft Bragg

    Ft Bragg's downtown has numerous small museums, cafes, and shops. This picturesque coastal community is an interesting place to visit for a few hours. This town once had a thriving timber industry, and fishing as well. Today, tourism plays an increasing role in the economy.

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Fort Bragg Hotels

Fort Bragg Restaurants

  • Avoid this Place Like the Plague

    Fort Bragg's Noyo River Waterfront has a reputation as a magnet for tourists much like Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and Monterey, and so it's not surprising that it's difficult to find seafood restaurants that are particularly good in value. But, in California down right rip-off restaurants usually fail because word gets around, and high...

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  • Highest Food Ratings from Zagat Survey

    RESTAURANT IS CLOSED...With its warm, redwood-paneled dining room and its superb food and service, the Rendezvous provides one of the Mendocino Coast's finest dining experiences. It focuses on Country-French cuisine and has been rated #1 for food in Mendocino County by the 2006-2009 (tied in 2009) Zagat Surveys of San Francisco Bay Area...

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  • The best breakfast place ever!

    When thinking about breakfast in Fort Bragg, don't miss Eggheads. It's seafood breakfasts are amazing, mixing crab and other seafoods with traditional dishes such as omelletes. After eating here you would definately be returning, and I always make it a point to stop in when visiting the Fort Bragg area. The crab omelletes are amazing, and you...

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  • Great, Organic Take on Traditional Foods

    Cafe 1 is a great local diner-type restaurant with a wonderful triwst on standard American fare like pancakes, eggs, turkey, etc. It's primarily a breakfast-and-lunch place but apparently has dinners on Thursday-Saturday as well. It has an emphasis on organic foods and nautral ingredients, and it has very good cooking. They use lots of vegetables...

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  • Best breakfast in Ft. bragg!

    We ate there on a Tuesday morning and were promptly seated and brought coffee and orders taken. About 10 minutes later our breakfasts arrived. I had the "munchkin madness" which consisted of two english muffins topped with spinach, poached eggs and salsa. It was delicious! By the time we were leaving the restaurant was quite crowded with people...

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  • Mediocre food but great view

    We had been traveling in our trailer for over a week at this point and wanted to splurge a little and this restaurant was recommended by the staff at the local trailer park. The food here was nothing special -- seemed geared toward the silver haired crowd. Very bland and uninspiring. I had the Petrale Sole which tasted like it was dredged in plain...

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Fort Bragg Nightlife

  • Catch Some Jazz

    This is the local spot for coffee and music on Friday or Saturday night. Trio's play as local groove and have a cup of local Java.Very relaxing and cool.Also you can drive 7 miles to CASPER for some Rock and Roll etc. Check Paper for who's playing What dress code? shoes yes, but jeans, sweaters etc are the norm.

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  • politigal's Nightlife Tip

    There isn't much for nightlife here. I like to sit by a campfire with a bottle of wine and some marshmellows (yes, they DO go well together). basically anything you want, although if you're going in the buff, watch out for flying embers...OUCH!

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  • Fort Bragg Hotels

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Fort Bragg Shopping

  • A Cool Shop

    This is a wonderful place to shop. Not only do they have a wide selection of frames for your photos and paintings, but they also have a great area filled with unique gifts. If you have taken that special photo of the ocean or family on vacation, you can have it framed right there. There is a wide variety of shopping, books, candles and other items...

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  • Beads & More Beads

    Lots of beads to make a jewelry at this store. This is a large tabel with various types of beads. Another section has lots to choose from and the equipment needed to create your earings or other projects.

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  • Beads, Jewelry, Incense Wall Hangings

    Very Cool Stuff. Items from Bali, India, and a great bead selection for those who love to make jewelry. You will ALWAYS find something very cool:) $2.00 -$40.

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Fort Bragg Warnings and Dangers

  • Thieves on the Noyo Harbor Waterfront

    Carine's Fish Grotto, at the Noyo Fishing Village.I rarely write bad restaurant reviews, but when I do I normally simply give them a low rating in my restaurant review and that's it. But, this place is world class for it's con game rip-off restaurant practices that leave the traveler feeling angry--despite the fact that the family hospitality is at...

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  • Be careful around & in the Ocean!

    The Ocean: she is beautiful and she is unforgiving. Please be very careful in and around her as she does not allow "do overs" if you make a mistake. When tidepooling: be very aware of high/low tides, never turn your back on her, and keep a very close eye on the waves to ensure they do not sweep you away or leave you stranded on a rock surrounded by...

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  • Beautiful But Unpredictable

    While the Ocean is inviting beware!We locals hear the ambulance going by every weekend and we don't want it to be heading for you!1. The edge of the cliffs and bluffs are unstable and uncut by erosion. Stay Back!2. Large Unexpected waves, ice cold water and treacherous currents are common.3. Watch Tide changes and be careful in tide...

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Fort Bragg What to Pack

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    by GypsyLightChaser Written Mar 26, 2005

    Luggage and bags: you might want to bring a small back pack as you can do a lot of walking in this area

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: layer your clothes and bring a sweater. Cool ocean breezes of course. A rain jacket, some boots and an umbrella are good to have. it does get nice and warm here but we also have fog.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you can find everything here we have stores

    Photo Equipment: On main street we have a great camera shop if you need to buy equipment etc.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are camping then you need extra warm clothing etc.

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Fort Bragg Off The Beaten Path

  • Glass Beach

    Back in the 1940's the residents used to dump their trash in the ocean (unbelievable!) including glass bottles. Years of pounding waves has left tons of polished glass onto the beach where they sparkle in the sunlight.

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  • Mendocino Headlands State Park

    Mendocino Headlands State Park is preserved for future generations because locals, inspired by the artist Emmy Lou Packard, worked to keep it that way. Today, it's one of the most scenic places along California's north coast. While visiting Mendocino, be sure to stop here for at least a few minutes. Be sure to exercise due caution when getting near...

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  • Skunk Train

    Fort Bragg's Skunk Train acquired its name because of the gasoline-powered locomotives used in the old days. People often smelled them before seeing them. This train, now using steam locomotives, goes deep into the redwood forest east of Fort Bragg, and still delivers mail. It serves as a link between people in the forest and the outside world. It...

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Fort Bragg Sports & Outdoors

  • Ocean Salmon Fishing

    This is a main attraction in the area. Go to the Noyo Harbor for the Charter Boats for Salmon Fishing and for Rock Fishing.SEASONBEST TIME JULY & AUGUST Fish on Charter Boats(707) 964-0669Telstar Charters(707) 964-8770Lady Irma II(707) 964-3854North Coast Fishing Adventures(707) 964-3000

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  • Surfing

    Fort Bragg Mendocino Coast draws the experienced surfers to its waters. Large powerful waves arrive in the winter so if you know what you are doing this is the time to come try to catch a wave. Summer is for more laid back surfing as the waves are more mellow.Remember the Great White Shark is in our ocean. GONE SURFING319 N. Franklin StFort Bragg,...

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  • Abalone Diving

    Thrilling Dangerous and Delicious!Once you taste it you will be back for more every season!CAUTION!Diving in icy turbulant water to find the treasured, delicious Abalone.LIMIT 3 YOU WILL GO TO JAILIf you are over the limit!WARNING: Great White Sharks! Do not dive around seals as they think you are one!ALSO: Do not drink and party the night before...

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Fort Bragg Favorites

  • by lygchicana Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Tie on a bib, roll up your sleeves, grab yourself a plate and an Amber Ale from the North Coast Brewing Company, sit yourself down with your tribe on a patch of beach...

    Fondest memory: crunch on marinated Salmon Collars at the first weekend of July's Fort Bragg Salmon Fest. It always falls the weekend AFTER the 4th of July at the beachfront. Music, libations...a jug of wine, a loaf of pan frances(sourdough French bread) and thou...like Omar Khayyam knows, what more can one ask for?

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