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Black Sands Beach

Shelter Cove, CA
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- Oct 14, 2014
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Santa Clara, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you meet Dina of Shelter Cove, she can show you around the beach. It is a good hike to the beach and the sand is mysteriously black. If you are an oceanographer or a geologist I recommend this place for you.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Loved it! Can't wait to return. The feeling of the warm pebbles on your back is bliss. Hiked down to the rock pile but will be prepared to go further next time.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

A hideway to relaxe & unwind! Secluded and romantic! Affordable yet clean and comfortable with a million dollar view rigth out the back door of the room ! Friendly locals. Walking distance to the bar that servd good food and a Deli that madw great breakfast Burittos after 9 am

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Los Angeles
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We stayed 2 nights in Shelter Cove. We went down to the black sand beach. It was August and most of the time it was foggy and cold. The beach is big but we were the only people there. It is pretty to look at but you can't swim there and since it was so cold you couldn't take out... More

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Wilton, CA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
5 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

There is NOTHING not to like about it. It's stunning! There are miles and miles of black sand beach to walk. There are a lot of places to fish and a fish cleaning station by the boat launch. For us...watching the sea from our spectacular balcony was enough!

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Clovis, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Unlike almost any other beach in California, here you are often alone except for people you came with! The surf is very powerful and the area usually has very few people. When we visited, my wife and I and her sister and husband were the only people on the beach. Several hours later when we left there were two other... More

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New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
4 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I hesitate to review this beach as I'd prefer to keep it to myself! However, considering it is quite out of the way I don't see people coming in droves anytime soon. To call it "black sand" is a bit strange as it isn't like any other sandy beach I've ever visited. The kids didn't like the cinder-like feel on... More

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Lee's Summit, Missouri
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I don't have much to write about Little Black Sand Beach except that it provides one of the many beautiful views available to you when you visit Shelter Cove. Shelter Cove is a place you go to relax, walk/hike, and take in the views; it is not a place to go if you cannot exist peacefully within yourself (and the... More

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