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Address: Shelter Cove, CA

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Beautiful beach, very underutilized.

This is a beach at the northern end of Shelter Cove that goes for miles with this amazing black sand. It's part of the King Range area managed by the US Govt BLM. This beach... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Santa Cruz
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91 reviews 91 reviews
5 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

This is a beach at the northern end of Shelter Cove that goes for miles with this amazing black sand. It's part of the King Range area managed by the US Govt BLM. This beach area has virtually no development along the coast line and has steep cliffs and forests. We were there in May and there were very few... More 

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San Ramon, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a very beautiful beach. I LOVE the landscape or this particular area. I'd never been to a black sand beach before, so when I'd heard of it, I had to go! It didn't disappoint! Now, be forewarned that the road out to Shelter Cove is a very windy one & for those of us who get carsick -... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Fantastic beach for ambiance and sheer grandeur but don't play in the surf. Very dangerous. Sit on the beach and enjoy the sound and view.

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connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Nature at its most beautiful and scary! Beautiful place-walking from the inn is a physical challenge-lots of hills! You can drive there.

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Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

It was a local beach but very remote feeling, with high tides, wide open spaces and huge cliffs. One could walk for hours along the hillside up the Lost Coast.

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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A geological marvel. Warning signs prior to getting on the beach make it clear that you need to be aware of your surroundings. This is a unique place and can seem prehistoric at times. It's also the trail head for the Lost Coast Trail.

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Jackson, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Gorgeous beach - was foggy and misty when we visited but the beach is sheltered (hence it's in Shelter Cove) so it was very enjoyable. Will definitely return!

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Orange County, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Black Sands Beach is a great place for looking at tide pools! We exited the freeway at the Redway exit, then followed the signs to Shelter Cove. It's about an hour of winding 2-lane roads over the mountain. But it was worth it! The road drops you right in the parking lot with a big lighthouse. You can't go in... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It is a wonderful view. Awesome to walk along the coast and lay on the beach in the sun (far enough from the surf of course) but with the rip tide and sneaker waves it is SO DANGEROUS!!! Just last week a man drowned trying to save his son that had slipped off of the rocks! Locals want to make... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Beautiful, very romantic and secluded. The sand was soft and black. The ocean was a bit rough, so we did not dare enter the water. Peaceful and breathtaking!

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