Just a few hours north of San Francisco, you'll discover the magical south coast of Mendocino County.
Hwy 128 West, meanders through Mendocino wine country all the way to Hwy 1. To explore the South Coast of Mendocino, turn left (south), on to the bridge, and continue along Mendocino's South Coast. Soon you'll find the charming village of Elk. Venture further south, to the newly-renovated Pt. Arena Lighthouse and one of the best surfing and fishing spots at Arena Pier... and then on to Gualala.
Even residents can't agree on how to pronounce their town's name. Most of the old timers and locals say "Wah-Lah-Lah". Gualala is the Native American word for "water coming down place". This area is appropriately named because of the Gualala River flows majestically into the pacific ocean creating a wide river mouth and sandbar. The beauty and tranquility of this area has long attracted a wide spectrum of visitors and residents. From this cross section of personalities a cultural scene has emerged, rich in high quality theater, music and art. This local talent can be found in the restaurants, art galleries, gardens and other forms of individual expression.