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“The best kept secret on the Pacific Coast Highway”

Davenport Landing Beach
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Davenport
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Owner description: The site of the old pier that spearheaded Davenport's whaling industry, this beach is now a popular destination for surfers.
Reviewed August 2, 2013

This beach is not obviously accessible from the highway. Most people stop in Davenport for a bite to eat at one of the 3 awesome restaurants in this tiny little coastal town (population 300). It's a bit of a hike down to the beach, you have to cross the railroad tracks, which is actually pretty cool, and follow a foot path down the cliffs. The beach has a rock structure that looks strikingly like a shark's tooth. There's great opportunity for tide pool exploration and beach glass collection. If you follow the foot path to the north, along the cliffs, you will find a rarely seen sight- what remains of the old Davenport pier. The cliffs are eroding, so be careful out there. There are some huge beautiful trees to sit under or climb and in the spring the path is overflowing with wild flowers. It's definitely worth the stop.

If you need to use the restroom, grab a quick drink or a pack of cigarettes, check out Arro's Country store. Emad and Mike will take care of you.

5  Thank Kalan I
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Great little beach. Feels special in that it is a bit hidden away. Drive down Davenport landing road to get to it. If the Abalone farm is open, turn at the sign for the farm (if not, the sign won't be there so just look for the street sign). It is a bit north of Davenport. The walk down to the beach is easy, there is either a path on the right or stairs on the left, neither is steep or long, but the stair are next to the facilities which smelt awful.

The beach itself is pleasant and there are great tidepools (sea urchins, starfish, crabs, mussels, hermit crabs, barnacles). My favorite thing was the swing (kids swing and adult porch swing). You can swing and look at the ocean. My unfavorite thing was that this is a beach that allows dogs (or at least there are people with dogs) and they don't clean up after them (even near the swing where kids will be playing and the water won't wash it away)... so inconsiderate!!!

1  Thank aatimes2
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

Tough to park at this beach and I have often found a lot of trash and cigarette butts on pathways. The beach shrinks a lot in high tides. Usually quite windy and there is a big drain from abalone farm running through it.

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is a great beach to watch the colorful, exciting sport of kite surfing (or to try it yourself). Parking and a sandy beach are available.

1  Thank DonaB
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

This beach feels completely wild yet a short (though steep and rocky) path from the village of Davenport which has great art gallery and gourmet restaurant near top of path.

3  Thank indigo2star
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