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Soda Bay

This wonderful mountainous area affords fantastic views of Clear Lake and its north shore. Swimming, fishing, boating, and other water sports are popular in Soda Bay (named for the bubbling soda springs offshore) because the bay is sheltered from wind by the promontory of nearby Clear Lake State Park. The state park offers visitors great opportunities to hike, camp, swim, and even learn about the flora and fauna at the informative visitor center. Homes and small lakefront resorts ring the bay. The resorts are definitely family-style with many amenities including RV spaces and rental boats; some are known for their dog-friendly policies. A small market offers nearby convenience.

Buckingham boasts a challenging nine-hole golf course, Buckingham Golf Club, with a seasonal restaurant in The Tee Room. The club has added an 18 hole Disc Golf course. Beautiful homes abound on the Buckingham peninsula from the top of the ridge to lakeside; the views are amazing. A full-service marina is at the eastern tip of the peninsula; Braito’s Marina offers fuel and covered or open slips.

The neighborhoods of the Rivieras, located from water’s edge to the towering slopes of Mount Konocti, include Riviera West, Clear Lake Rivieras, and Riviera Heights, all with unparalleled views. A small shopping center located in Clear Lake Riviera is home to a video store, gas station, market, salons, fitness studio, gift store, café, and pizza parlor. Across the street, the Blue Moon Café features a casual menu, brunch on the weekends, and dog-friendly patio dining.

Richmond Park Bar & Grill (located on the shore below Soda Bay Road, just north of the Riviera Shopping Center) offers dining, RV spaces and fuel, dock space for those who arrive via the lake, and live entertainment most weekends

The Riviera Golf & Country Club is located on a hilltop with spectacular views of Clear Lake and the mountains across the lake—a beautiful backdrop for great dining and a wonderful facility for weddings, receptions, and events, or for just enjoying the view.