Destination guide

Gualala bewitches from the moment you arrive

Weave northwards on the Coast Highway and you'll eventually come to fetching little Gualala. One thing's for sure – it'll be harder to leave than it was to get here. What with all those salt-washed cabins, clifftop boltholes, and cozy little Gualala vacation rentals peppering the rocks between the pine trees and rugged headlands, this one's a master at enchantment. Our advice? Let yourself be bewitched by the bluff trails and the babbling rivers, enjoy the seclusion of far-flung Anchor Bay and lose yourself in those glowing, golden-red sunsets over the ocean. There's no rush to return home.

Things to do

Gualala's got hotspots on the North Coast

Gualala is mainly about immersing yourself in the fresh breezes and rugged natural beauty of the North Coast, and for that you've got the Gualala Bluff Trail and the Regional Point Park – both loaded with enough seagrass meadows and raw bays washed over by the Pacific Ocean to keep you going. However, there's also culture here. You can head to the Gualala Arts Center and the Dolphin Gallery to see local artisans at work. Or, you can hit the Matheson Design gallery for the medley of Impressionist and Abstract paintings inspired by the coast.


Coastal enjoyments in Gualala

As Gualala cascades down to the roaring waves of the Pacific Ocean, it gives way to some of the North Coast's most loved walking trails and shoreline parks. You'll find yourself hopping between wind-buffeted beaches and soaring bluffs, watching uber-romantic sunsets and spotting gray whales splash and crash through the swells from lookouts on the Sonoma cliffs. If it's wild, cobweb-busting nature you're after this season, then seafront Gualala vacation rentals could just be the perfect choice for you.


Gualala is grand in the summertime

Gualala's bathed in a soothing Mediterranean warmth for most of the year. Winter brings the trademark rains of the Pacific region though, which keep many a vacationer away between November and March. When spring kicks in throughout April and May, the crowds start coming in earnest, most eager to see the beautiful wildflower meadows along the cliffs in bloom. That said, Gualala vacation rentals fill up the most in summer, when temperatures sit neatly in the high 60s and the refreshing ocean breezes roll in off the sea.

Natural features

Gorgeous reserves in Gualala

There's certainly no shortage of places to get up-close-and-personal with the haunting, gasp-inducing vistas of the Sonoma Coast. You could start on the winding Gualala Bluff Trail, which pokes over the sandbanks and through the pine groves to reveal a land of white-capped surf and lazing sea lions. Opposite that is the Gualala Point Regional Park, where shoreline meadows of swaying seagrasses mingle with the estuary waters of the Gualala River. Whales can sometimes be spotted from the walks there, and the coastal forests are crisscrossed by plenty of marked trails.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Gualala

The nearest airport is in Santa Rosa, CA (STS-Sonoma County), located 41.1 mi (66.1 km) from the city center.

How many vacation rentals are available around Gualala, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 247 vacation rentals around Gualala. From 229 house rentals to 10 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Gualala?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Gualala. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Gualala Bluff Trail: 245 vacation rentals
  • Gualala River: 245 vacation rentals
  • Gualala Arts Center: 245 vacation rentals
  • Studio 391 Fine Art Gallery: 250 vacation rentals
  • Alinder Gallery of Photography: 249 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Gualala listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Gualala?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 229 Houses in Gualala. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Gualala include:

  • Cabins: 10 rentals available
  • Cottages: 10 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 2 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Gualala?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 131 vacation rentals with pool available in Gualala. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.