About the Mendocino Coast
Wildlife: The only wildlife in the canyon are some pesky chipmunks and Jay birds. At the beach, if you look at low tide, you will find all kinds of marine life.
Hazards: We always come home with a few mosquito bites, but not too many. The biggest hazards are the stinging nettles because people are not familiar with them. Most kids learn to avoid the nettles after getting stung just once. Watch out for poison oak in sunny areas. It may be red or green and the leaves are shinny.
Weather: On the northern California Coast, expect costal fog all summer, rain in the spring and and clear, cool days in the early fall. The water is cold. Wetsuits are necessary if you plan to boogie board and are available to rent south of Fort Bragg. Kids will be able to play in the water, but only a few teenagers will last long.
Every year we get sun burned. It is easy to remember the sun screen when it is sunny, but you can get just as burned when it is foggy. To learn more about fog on the coast see the Kids page . Why on the kids page? It is hard to deal with a car load of kids that are expecting a "Bay Watch" vacation of sunny sky's and warm water, and get foggy days and freezing water.