The Village of Mendocino sits on a peninsula that juts out into the open Pacific Ocean, with Mendocino Bay to the south. The village is surrounded by open headlands (Mendocino Headlands State Park) that drop off in dramatic cliffs to the ocean. There are so many scenic possibilities in this small area, including Big River Beach at the mouth of the Bay, sea caves and sea arches, islands frequented by migrating sea birds, wildflowers, victorian homes, buildings, and gardens just to name a few. Plan to spend a few days exploring (it’s all within walking distance). The ocean is most dramatic in the winter months.