What to Do on the South Coast

Bowling Ball Beach/Schooner Gulch
Click for more information on Bowling Ball Beach/Schooner Gulch.  Sunset watching, fishing, picnicking and surfing are popular activities here. A small parking area with two trailheads is on the west side of the highway. The southern trail leads to Schooner Gulch Beach and the northern trail provides access to Bowling Ball Beach.
Climb to the top of a Lighthouse
Click for more information on Climb to the top of a Lighthouse.  Open for public tours, the museum is located in the Fog Signal Building, includes displays of historical equipment and pictures, Coast Guard and ship wreck artifacts and charts, geographical maps and information on the area, and examples of local plants, birds, and whales.
Ride Horses on the Beach
Click for more information on Ride Horses on the Beach.  Join Ross Ranch for a private horse back ride on spectacular Manchester Beach. Enjoy miles of unspoiled sand and surf as rocks, driftwood, creeks, birds and seastacks dot this vast expanse of Mendocino's South Coast.
Pt. Arena Pier
Click for more information on Pt. Arena Pier.  At the right time of the year it is one of the best fishing piers in the state. And, throughout the year it is the best pier to fish if you want to catch rocky-area species like striped seaperch, lingcod, kelp greenling, rock greenling and cabezon and a fair pier to catch salmon.
Arena Theater
Click for more information on Arena Theater.  1928-vintage vaudeville theater and film palace was restored in 1995 to an Art Deco style, state-of-the-art entertainment venue bringing live performance art to the stage of this Mendocino Coast venue. Arena Cinema offers popular first run movies on nights without live shows.
Click for more information on Manchester.  760 acres of beach, sand dunes, and flat grasslands, with nearly 18,000 feet of ocean frontage. The beach line curves gently to form a "catch basin" which collects a lot of driftwood. Five miles of gentle, sandy beach stretches southward towards the Point Arena Lighthouse.
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Sea Ranch Golf
Click for more information on Sea Ranch Golf.  One of the most highly regarded golf experiences in California. Designed by Robert Muir Graves, the course has been widely acclaimed for the manner in which it has been blended into the existing landscape and was one of the first Scottish Style links built in the Western United States.