Shark Fin Cove
Shark Fin Cove
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DerringW33
Frisco, TX126 contributions
My wife and I stumbled on to this place via our roadtripper app. It was fantastic. We drove from Laguna Beach all the way to Glass Beach up at Fort Bragg. Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey. This place was the BEST. Do not miss it. The waves crashing on the rocks and way the cove is set up is perfection. Take a flashlight to explore the manmade cave near the cliffs.
Written May 28, 2021
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Local Kenn
Beijing, China3 contributions
I made a trip down the coast on highway one, stopping at many points along the way - this was one of the most memorable, and with great views.

Things to note:
*The stop itself can last anywhere from 15 minutes to hours. It's not a huge area to explore, but there's a lot of beauty and you might want to just soak it in.

*To take full advantage of the place, you'll have to do a little climbing. It's not too tough - my 69 year old father made the scramble down without any issues.

*Way more interesting at low tide. At high tide much of the cove isn't accessible.

*The temperature is a bit lower in the cove than the surrounding area. I loved it, and I saw some people wearing bathing suits - but I'd assume the average person would want to bring a light jacket.
Written March 5, 2020
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Travelinh
Los Angeles, CA904 contributions
Worth the stop - we parked at the Bonny Doon parking lot. No parking fees. There’s a hike down to the cove for a walk through it and a close up view of the fin. The whole area is beautiful and there were a lot of people in the water. If you like train tracks, then this is a must stop. The tracks line the bluff and looks really cool with the brush and sand.
Written July 19, 2020
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Trisha
Fair Lawn, NJ566 contributions
This was such a great find for my partner and I. From top it does look like a Giant Shark's Fin. There are trail around it which is very nice to soak in the view as well and walk as far or less you want. I highly recommend to visit when around Santa Cruz area. The parking is on the roadside and could be an issue since there are only few spot available any given moment. Descending to the beach or ascending might be an issue for someone who has bad knees or ankle. But it is a short distance. Only think broke my heart to see the graffiti and how people don't take out their trash. We shouldn't destroy the nature or it's magnificence.
Written August 20, 2022
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,492 contributions
Friends
One of the best beaches in all of California. It is easy to get to, located just south of Davenport. When you see the fin coming out of the water, then you will quickly realize where it got its name.
Written August 22, 2020
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LA_dweller
Joshua Tree, CA3,558 contributions
Couples
The Shark Fin Cove Parking lot (which shows as a "P" on Google Maps) does not have signage that we could see so we missed it but then there is another area to pull out (parking lot) just past it. Basically shark fin cove is in the middle of the two car parking areas.

If you enter it on the Google Map app, as we did, it locates it properly so just pick the parking lot right before it or right after it. Then you will climb a little bit of a hill and an old railroad then runs parallel to the highway.

Basically, in between the two parking lots is shark fin cove. So you have to walk a little but not a lot. I would not go visit at night because we did see a used needle in the tracks and you could tell that some people may have been living under the bushes by a hill parallel to the tracks we followed..

We did not walk down to the beach, but we enjoyed the view and sight from the hill where we could walk around for different view points. Worth seeing.
Written April 13, 2019
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Melissa W
California33 contributions
Family
From the cliffs, it looks like a very nice beach. But when you actually hike to the bottom you are surrounded by trash. Beer bottles, water bottles, red solo cups, plates and poop. I thought that it was dog poop, but then I saw the half buried t.p. next to it. Yuck! I guess that's what happens when 100 people visit the beach per day and there are no trash cans or bathrooms . This place needs to clean up their beaches. Very disappointing.
Written July 18, 2018
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Picazo1
San Jose, CA26 contributions
Couples
Great spot to get some amazing photos but you'll have to be careful not to get hurt in the process. In order to get to the beach you'll have to walk down a steep slope so make sure you have the proper shoes. The waves look pretty powerful and there are a lot of rocks so I wouldn't recommend getting in the water. There is a rocky area where people set up to take pictures of the waves crashing, it looks awesome but it is also extremely slippery. If you go stay on the sand and enjoy the view.

If you don't want to walk down the steep slope you can always view the beach and the ocean from above. You'll be on a cliff so I wouldn't get too close to the edge. Not recommended for small children.
Written January 22, 2018
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Brian D
Ithaca, NY651 contributions
Couples
Be careful at this beach. Don't let the name fool you it's not the Sharks you need to be worried of it's the waves and getting down to them, people die at this beach.
That said if you're reading this you must already know but Davenport because most people don't find it accidentally. It's a great Beach I've been going to for decades and I recommend going mid-week. Go early in the day take the time to enjoy the local businesses as well as the waves and Beach.
If you've got kids with you or old people you might want to just go to a beach that's easier to get to as you need to hike down to this one and sometimes it can be slippery or treacherous.
Parking is free but sometimes it totally fills up. The nearby restaurants are great.
Written December 4, 2017
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traveltime1228
Calgary, Canada71 contributions
Family
I'm so happy we came across this quaint little beach, the scenery here is absolutely stunning. The beach area isn't over big nor busy, or at least it wasn't when we were there. We arrived early afternoon in late July and there was only a handful of people there. Perhaps it's the steep walk down that might deter people away but if you can manage to work your way down it is so worth it. I was worried that I wouldn't get back up but the hike up was sooo much easier than going down. The cave on the beach had water coming in and and out and made for some amazing photos. My only regret here is that we didn't have enough time to stay longer.
Written August 17, 2017
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