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Experience the California Coast: A Guide to Beaches and Parks in Northern California: Counties Included: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin Paperback – November 11, 2005

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"Marvelous. . . . Comprehensive and authoritative."--"Shore & Beach"

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"This guide captures the tremendous variety of things to see and do along the dramatic expanse of coastline from Marin County up to the Oregon border. It's presented in a well-written, easy-to-use style, making it a reference that's just as interesting as it is practical. This is a must-have for anyone looking to explore the Northern California coast."—Doug McConnell, Host and Senior editor of KRON 4's Bay Area Backroads

"This book is essential reading for anyone who plans to visit California's northern coast. Whether you're a nature lover or history buff, fascinated by Native American culture or interested in California's complex geology, or if you just can't get enough of the coast, Experience the California Coast has information that everyone can learn from and enjoy. And perhaps most importantly, after reading this book, one can't help but have a greater sense of stewardship for this incredible natural resource."–Mark Gold, Executive Director, Heal the Bay
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Product Details

  • Series: Experience the California Coast (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (November 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520245407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520245402
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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North of the Golden Gate Bridge, the California Coast becomes much more rural and rugged. Many state parks, beaches, tourist towns, and rivers invite exploration, but there is so much out there it is hard to know where to begin. Enter the California Coastal Commision which has somehow strong-armed the University of California Press into printing a guidebook listing all parks, beaches, public access points, private nature preserves, hostels, and many whale watching tours. (When was the last time a major university press published a travel guide?) If you are unsure where to go, this book is a good place to look for ideas.

On the whole, this is a decent book. Every park, tourist center, or beach has a one to three paragraph description focusing on the basics: fees, directions, natural features and the like. Destinations are listed from north to south with facing maps showing their location. The book is further divided into six major chapters: one for each county north of San Francisco. Interspersed throughout the text are feature articles covering everything from techtonic plates to birding and common coastal flowers. The color photos are stunning, but don't expect that much blue sky on your vacation. The north coast receives a lot of rain.

My main concern with the book is that park descriptions are sometimes too brief. In some ways, this is an unfair criticism because comprehensive guides cannot get bogged down in details. Still, I thought hiking was definitely shorted in this book. Day hikers will want to supplement it with John McKinney's California's Coastal Parks: A Day Hiker's Guide.
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Great book. Really helped my visitors with their vacation planning. Great maps, terrific pictures, well organized, easy access layout and great descriptions. I would highly recommend it to others.
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By Marvin M. on September 2, 2015
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Very complete and informative book, just what I needed to help me see all the highlights of the California Coast.
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I found this book in a store while I was on vacation up the north coast but hesitated to buy it. However, I bought it when I got home and have been enjoying it ever since. It is very comprehensive and would serve as a guide book, for planning a trip or just information.
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