The historic Point Arena Wharf (also known as Arena Cove) is a working harbor where commercial and private fishing boats unload their catch. Fishing without a license is allowed from the municipal pier. This area also offers deep sea fishing excursions, boating, shops, and restaurants. The cove is known as one of the best surfing areas in California.

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Beach Review of Point Arena Wharf/Arena Cove

Away Travel Expert: Christine Loomis
BeachExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Scuba Diving,Surfing
BeachExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The cove is a popular surfing spot, considered among the best on the northern coast. Be aware of the traffic and other surfers and watch out for rock ledges. This is not a spot for beginners.
  • Bring layers and a warm jacket—it's windy.
  • The cove also draws divers, who enter the water from boats or kayaks (there's no charge for the boat launch). Because of boat traffic, a dive flag comes in handy. Cove dive spots range from about 20 to 50 feet. Abalone, rockfish, and lingcod are among the sea creatures you'll find underwater.
This is a working pier (or wharf) utilized by commercial fishermen and some dive boats. It's a great place to fish, and you can even catch salmon. Watch for migrating whales December through March.

Mendocino County
Point Arena, California

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 800-778-5252
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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