Van Damme is one of the many beautiful beaches and parks along the California coast worth stopping at. There is a great forest to trail through with picnic areas and camping spots, but what I love the most is the beach front. The beach access is easy and there are plenty of parking spaces. It is a great place for people of all age ranges and a beautiful spot to swim and enjoy the views.
If you walk along the beach, you will find lots of broken and full pieces of Abalone shells. Our family comes to the Mendocino/Albion coast to Abalone dive every year. Van Damme is definitely a popular spot, because it has lots of great rocks for the Abalone to attach, plus allows easy access into the water from the beach. Our guys have dove in spots where they have to climb down some of the coastal cliffs just to look for legal size Abalone, but not here. Van Damme is a safe area for divers and swimmers, as long as you don't venture out too far where all the huge waves start breaking.
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