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Description from owner

Imagine stepping from the cool night air into the warm bubbles of your private hot tub. A glass of local wine or a mug of craft beer (you pick!) sits beside you - a tasty memoir of your recent jaunt through Sonoma wine country. As you relax into the soothing water, you glance up at the inky sky, where an eruption of constellations twinkles back at you. It's paradise.

Welcome to an oceanfront retreat perched atop a scenic bluff. Welcome to a place where whales breech in the bay, deer graze under your window, and seals sun themselves on rocks - to a cozy retreat just a short drive from the gastronomic delights of Mendonoma (Sonoma/Mendocino) and the bustle of San Francisco. Welcome to your dog-friendly home-away-from home in lovely Sea Ranch, California. Welcome to Abalone Bay.

Abalone Bay is both elegant and inviting, seamlessly blending unparalleled ocean views and fine finishes with the comforts of home. Step into our home, and you'll feel instantly at peace as picture windows invite the outside in. Classic redwood beams meets vaulted ceilings, a gourmet kitchen beckons, Adirondack chairs await on the ocean view terrace, and a private courtyard offers direct access to picturesque bluff trails. We recently updated with new furniture, fine linens, and fresh paint.

Our home is perfect for:

*Honeymoons & Anniversaries: If romance is on your mind, there's no better place than Abalone Bay and the scenic Pacific coastline to relax, unwind and connect with your loved one.

*Dog Owners: We don't just accept your four-legged travelers, we welcome them! Our home is fully dog-friendly, offering an enclosed courtyard, food and water bowels, dog-friendly walking trails and bluffs (leash-only) throughout the Sea Ranch community.

*Wine Connoisseurs: Sonoma and Mendocino wineries, as well as Sonoma's craft beer breweries, are just a short drive from Abalone Bay. And if you're an organic foodie, you'll love our local markets and our gourmet kitchen!

*Weekend Retreats: Plan a girl's weekend or gentlemen's gathering. We're perfect for mature and mellow groups, including golfers, trekkers, and mountain bikers. And abalone divers, we're diver-friendly - just a short walk to Shelter Cover (easy staircase access), and not only do we have a wetsuit drying rack but an abalone cleaning station, too!

*Families & Weddings: Celebrating a wedding or family reunion? Our home is a convenient and quiet resting spot, and can accommodate up to 6 guests.

*Nature Lovers: If you're seeking a quiet retreat or just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, Abalone Bay is surrounded by open sky, scenic panoramas, and the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean.

We are enamored of Abalone Bay, Sea Ranch and northern California - and our guests are, too! There's so much to enjoy in our home and community, and here are a few of the highlights:

What You'll Love:

*Ocean Views: Almost every room has spectacular views of the Pacific. The master bedroom has direct access to the kitchen, perfect for early morning coffee.

* Master Bedroom has direct access to kitchen for early morning coffee.

*Classic California: Abalone Bay is pure, classic California sea home: vaulted ceilings, redwood beaming, skylights, picture windows, and a stone fireplace, all perched atop a scenic ocean bluff.

*Recently Updated: We recently updated Abalone Bay's décor and landscaping, for a sleek and stylish new look.

*Nature Escape: We're just minutes from restaurants, markets and other amenities, but Abalone Bay is a secluded, quiet world of its own.

*Eco-friendly Community: Sea Ranch recently celebrated 50 years as an eco-community of true nature lovers. We strive for low impact and small footprint, in homes that harmonize with the breathtaking natural landscape. At Sea Ranch, there are no streetlights or sidewalks. All house lighting is directed downward, so the night sky is clear and the stars bright. Natural landscaping takes the place of flowerbeds. Sea Ranch is so natural, you can barely make out our community from the road or the water.

*Environmental Commitment: We have installed low-energy appliances and low-flow toilets, and use native plants in all our landscaping.

One of our favorite things about Abalone Bay is the quiet and seclusion that surround our home - you can curl up with a good book or play a board game, with only the crashing waves as your soundtrack. You'll also love relaxing in our hot tub, kicking back on our oceanview Adirondack chairs, watching the sunset, counting the constellations, and walking Sea Ranch's bluff trails. But if you're itching to get out and explore, we have quite a few recommendations.

Nearby Attractions & Things to Do:

Dive for abalone - a true delicacy!

Walk to Smuggler's Cove and Pebble Beach.

Walk outside the door to arrive at Del Mar Landing State Marine Reserve, known for its fragile and protected sea life, including harbor seals, and migrating whales.

Head into Sonoma and Mendocino wine country, known for its excellent wines and craft beer.

Visit Point Arena's historic Lighthouse, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific and located on a scenic point - the closest you can be to Hawaii while still in the continental United States!

Explore Sea Ranch: the Del Mar Center, Ohlson Recreation Center, Moonraker Recreation Center, Sea Ranch Library, "One-Eyed Jack's" Playground, and more!


Our home features a full range of amenities, among them:

WiFi internet throughout the home

Gas fireplace in the living room

Private courtyard with ocean view hot tub and Adirondack chairs

Newly updated appliances (2014), including a dual-fuel (gas-electric-convection) range

60" HDTV with DirecTV (285+ channels)

Blue-ray DVD and movies

Original artwork

Come, stay and make yourself at home. Abalone Bay would love to have you!

Please note that our HOA does not permit loud parties, so we ask that you keep your celebrations mellow. Thank you!

See 5-star review by Cheryl: My family and I (including our beloved dogs, Gracie and Molly) spent 5 days over Christmas at this beautiful spot. The accommodations were excellent, the beds and furniture beautiful and comfortable and the setting was spectacular. I would highly recommend Abalone Bay for your next Sea Ranch vacation!

Beds: 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds

About the area

Visit our "California's Mendonoma Coast: A Vacation Insider's Guide" to learn our favorites found in the area. You may find it in our wedsite's Activities Page. Located in Sonoma County near the Mendocino County line (or Mendonoma as we like to call it), The Sea Ranch is California's favorite coastal haven. This 10- mile unincorporated region is ringed by towering redwood trees, boasts dramatic ocean views, great hiking, superb diving, and wonderful opportunities to simply unwind from stress. Sea Ranch is located along the Pacific Coast, about 100 mi (160 km) north of San Francisco and 120 mi (190 km) west of Sacramento. Sea Ranch is reached by way of State Route 1. About 4 mi (6 km) northwest of Sea Ranch is Gualala, California, a small town which supports and is in turn supported by Sea Ranch. While staying at Abalone Bay in The Sea Ranch you may enjoy a variety of activities available to you right here in The Sea Ranch community. We have over 40 miles of trails (includes 8 miles right along the coastal bluff that passes in front of Abalone Bay). There are also three recreation centers available for swimming, tennis and other indoor and outdoor activities. Bike rental within the grounds is also available. Sea Ranch trail maps and guide booklets are available for purchase through The Sea Ranch Association Office. These items include information on home locations, streets, beach and bluff access, trails, parking areas, etc. The guide booklets contain information about wildlife, marine life, trails/walks, wildflowers and the history and development of The Sea Ranch. Outside of Sea Ranch visit the art centers, wineries, and many state parks. Kayaking, rock climbing, diving and fishing is available for sports enthusiasts. For the nature lover watch whales spout , deer graze in the morning, bobcats, wild turkeys, and other wildlife as the pass directly in front of Abalone Bay Oceanfront Sea Ranch Vacation Rental.

Owner profile

Donna M

Tourist License



  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Pet Friendly
  • Sea view


  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding

Reviews (4)

Excellent – based on 4 reviews Excellent
4 reviews

“Incredible rental house along the CA bluffs”

Reviewed 5 Nov 2016

Abalone Bay is a wonderful place to stay at Sea Ranch. The house is beautifully situated along the Pacific Ocean bluffs with easy access to the local walking trails and prime access points for enjoying the beaches, abalone diving and weekend wandering. We have stayed at Abalone Bay with young children and really appreciate the owner's care and attention to making our stay easy for our little ones too. Pack N Plays and high chairs can be included. The house is very well maintained and beautiful with interior design touches that echo the coast. Everything you could possibly want or need when cooking and enjoying your stay can be found too. The linens are high-quality, the beds are super comfortable and the bathrooms are spot-free and clean. The master bathroom has a wonderful shower/bath combo that can be a deep soaking tub. I enjoyed soaking in it late at night and it was a fun way to bath our little ones too. It was nice having a hot tub to enjoy in the backyard and within steps of the house. We would love to come back and stay at Abalone Bay again and again.

Owner's reply: Thanks Debby for your great review! We look forward to your return. And when you book between September through June we offer up to two nights free*! *Holidays excluded.

“Relaxing vacation”

Reviewed 1 Nov 2016

Really enjoyed our stay in this home at the coast. Got to see whales and enjoy family time in a very comfortable setting.

Owner's reply: Thanks Jeanne for taking the time to review our home. We are so pleased you and your family had a great time. We look forward to making a return visit by you and your family just as enjoyable.

“Abalone Bay”

Reviewed 5 Jan 2015

The house was in a great location, had a wonderful view, and was immaculate. It was very relaxing, and had all the amenities to make our stay comfortable and memorable, including a special dog blanket and welcoming kit. The beds were comfortable with nice 1,000 pt. linens, and towels were provided for the hot tub. There were even towels for dirty doggie paws. There was also a nice little fenced in yard. Directly across from the home is a marine preserve where Harbor Seals can be observed. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and pots and pans, etc. They even provided special Christmas decorations and plates for our stay! It was a very "homey" feeling. Also provided are a washer and dryer, which really came in handy due to the rainy weather. We saw whales off in the distance with the nice binoculars and tripod provided. We will definitely return for another vacation!

Owner's reply: Dear Diane, Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so very pleased that all you and your family (including your 4-footed family member) enjoyed your winter's stay. We love making our home by the sea your home by the sea. We wish you and your family a wonderful New Year and look forward to your return. Donna Martinez

“Great Stay at Abalone Bay!”

Reviewed 22 Aug 2014

Since I have back problems, my first priority for a great vacation home includes comfortable beds and pillows, and a private Master bath. On the ocean, I want great water & sunset views, and nearby walking trails. In the kitchen, I hope for a french press for me and a coffee pot for hubby, and a nice variety of cookware. Since I was traveling with family, I also hoped for a large dining table, and nice outdoor space with a bbq. The icing on the cake is a dog-friendly home and area...Abalone Bay has all of these! Highly recommended! We will return!

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As posted on Yelp:: Kristina C's review:
5.0 star rating
1/15/2014 First to Review
We stayed at Abalone Bay looking for a quite weekend away from the city and I got more than I asked for! The view looked like something off a postcard. The beds were 5 star, the kitchen had every appliance I could dream up and .... I still can't say enough about the view. I spent the weekend diving with friends and the house lived up to its name. The house lived up to its name, we I caught my limits each day and spent the evenings watching the sunset over the ocean from the privacy of the Jacuzzi. The only negative is rental seams to be very popular and books up well in advance. But my family and I will be making this paradise a regular retreat.

Comments and reviews from our guests at Abalone Bay. We look forward to yours too! See more at Reviews - SeaRanchAbaloneBay. Like what you read? Then book your ocean front Sea Ranch vacation rental stay at Abalone Bay now.

Great Family Vacation
Stayed 4 days in August, 2014
Amy C from San Rafael, CA recommends this vacation rental-- 5 STARS!
My Partner and I took our three girls to this house and loved it. The amenities were awesome, the nature activities were grea

Great dog friendly home
Stayed 7 days in July, 2014
Modie K from El Dorado, CA recommends this vacation rental - 5 STARS!
This place was clean,well maintained ,and comfortable. It had a great view all the amenities you would want.
Had a great and relaxing time.

Wonderful Cinco de Mayo/Birthday Weekend
Stayed 3 days in May, 2014- 5 STARS!
Lily B from Sebastopol, CA recommends this vacation rental
We rented 2 houses in the same neighborhood and had such a wonderful time. We must have seen 20 whales, just from our living room weekend. Kitchens were amazingly stocked, house was clean and homey. Would definitely come back.

Beautiful Home Away from Home!
Stayed 2 days in April, 2014
A guest from Piedmont, CA recommends this vacation rental - 5 STARS!
Just as beautiful as pictured online. We loved our (unfortunately) brief stay here. Next time will plan to stay longer!

Stayed 43 days in March, 2014
A guest from Perrysburg, OH recommends this vacation rental - 5 STARS!

Best Christmas Ever!
Stayed 5 days in December, 2013
Cheryl B from Rescue, California recommends this vacation rental - 5 STARS!
My family and I (including our beloved dogs, Gracie and Molly) spent 5 days over Christmas at this beautiful spot. The accommodations were excellent, the beds and furniture beautiful and comfortable and the setting was spectacular. I would highly recommend Abalone Bay for your next Sea Ranch vacation - and if you have dogs you MUST bring them!

As posted on TripAdvisor- 5 STARS!
Merilyn, Santa Rosa, CA
Reviewed July 9, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
Great family retreat

We so enjoyed the comfort of this home and its accessibility to the marine preserve and various beaches. We could walk to the pool and to the lodge (both pleasant hikes.) The view of the ocean from the living room is amazing, and we took advantage of the games and hot tub for lots of fun. The kitchen was very well stocked with pans and appliances, and the BBQ worked very well.