About The Sea Ranch Community

In the mid 1960’s, a visionary developer identified 10 miles of former sheep ranch on the Northern California coast in Sonoma County as the ideal place to create a planned community. He gathered a group of renowned like-minded professionals – landscape designers, architects, attorneys, planners and ecologists – to create The Sea Ranch, a place where homes and amenities are informed by nature and the environment. This beautiful rural location evolved into over 2,200 acres of commons, a 50+ mile trail system, and a variety of facilities for owner and guest use. Comprised of over 2,200 homes and undeveloped lots, the basic premise of The Sea Ranch is to ‘live lightly on the land.’ This concept can be observed in the way materials and colors of the homes blend with the existent coastal zones and how owners maintain the initial planners’ ideals for environmental conservation.

Explore the Beaches

There are five beaches at Sea Ranch. The closest to our house is Black Point Beach. This nearly 1/4 mile long beach is accessed by a steep stairway from the bluff trail. Pebble Beach, Stengel Beach, Shell Beach and Walk On Beach are all available to explore.

  1. Black Point Beach, There is a steep staircase off of the bluff trail to a ¼ mile sandy beach that often has dramatic waves. Mile marker 50.85
  2. Pebble Beach is a small, sheltered cove with tide pools. Mile marker 52.29.
  3. Stengel Beach is a small, rock beach with stairs. Mile marker 53.96
  4. Shell Beach has sea stacks and tide pools, logs for sitting and access for small boats to the ocean. Mile marker 55.54.
  5. Walk-On Beach is a long, sandy beach that is wheelchair and stroller accessible, albeit difficult to get through sandy spots. Mile marker 56.48
  6. Gualala Point Regional Park has three miles of regional trails along the coastal bluff and Gualala River. Mile marker 58.50


Take a hike in the woods or along the ocean bluff trails. Maps are available for purchase at the Sea Ranch Association Office.

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Recreation Centers

Swim, play tennis or take a sauna at one of the recreational centers.

Moonraker Recreation Center is the closest to our house, a .6 of a mile walk or short drive down the hill. There is a heated pool, sauna and tennis court.

The Ohlson Recreation Center, at 37405 Shoreline Hwy

The Del Mar Recreation Center, at 40600 Leeward Road

Picnic Grounds

There are a few picnic grounds with tables and barbecues available:

  • “One-Eyed Jack’s” (Also has a playground)
  • “The Hot Spot” is located on the Gualala River on the southeast end of the Sea Ranch. It is subject to seasonal closure.

Sea Ranch Chapel

The Sea Ranch Chapel a non-denominational sanctuary for prayer, meditation, and spiritual renewal. Open daily to the public, 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. The primary use of the chapel is for individual and small group prayer or meditation of a non-sectarian nature. With the proper permissions, the chapel can be reserved for private functions.


Designed by Robert Muir Graves and completed in 1974, the first nine holes at The Sea Ranch Golf Links jumped onto the list of exciting and scenic golf destinations. In 1995 this “Gem of the Seaside” links was completed at 6649 yards, par 72, when Graves’ second nine was opened. The course’s blend of undulating seaside landscape with Scottish links-style architecture was a first on the West Coast. The Sea Ranch Golf Links remains one of the most highly regarded golf experiences in California and unique on the North Coast.

Wine Tasting

There are so many wineries in Sonoma County or the neighboring counties of Mendocino and Napa that there are too many to list! In most cases, you will need an appointment. Some of our favorites are:

Kayak the Gualala River

If you're looking for boat loads of fun or relaxation on the river, look no further… From quick dips to full adventures, Adventure Rents tours have you covered. You'll be conquering part of the beautiful, 32-mile-long Gualala River, lined with old-growth redwoods and formidable rapids.

Starscape House a confluence of sea, sky, stars and serenity