Davenport Beaches

Davenport Beach     Shark Fin Cove (or Shark Tooth Beach)
Scott Creek Beach     Davenport Landing Beach

Davenport Beaches

Davenport Beach

  • Highway 1, opposite the town of Davenport
  • Open 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Fees: None

Davenport Landing Beach

  • Davenport Landing Road, 1.5 miles north of Davenport
  • Open sunrise to sunset
  • Santa Cruz County Park
  • Fees: None

Scott Creek Beach

  • Highway 1, 3 miles north of Davenport
  • Open sunrise to sunset
  • Santa Cruz County Park
  • Fees: None

Main Attractions

  • Surfing
  • Picnicking
  • Sunbathing
  • Tide pools

Facilities

  • Restrooms, parking
  • Trails

Accessibility

  • Parking lots
  • Some restrooms
  • Davenport Landing ramp to beach

Special Regulations

  • Scott Creek Beach: no pets, no fires, no alcohol, no glass, no camping
  • Davenport Beach: Dogs on leash

Hazards

  • Rough surf
  • Strong rip-currents

Tides

Tides.Info: Santa Cruz Tides



Davenport Beaches

A string of great beaches are clustered around the little seaside town of Davenport, 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. Davenport Beach and Shark Fin Cove (or Shark Tooth Beach) are close to the town of Davenport, while Davenport Landing Beach and Scott Creek Beach are 1 mile and 3 miles up the coast respectively.

Davenport Beach, Davenport, CA

Davenport Beach

Davenport Beach

Davenport Beach is across the highway from the town of Davenport. Parking is in a large lot on the ocean side of Highway 1. Several trails wind across the railroad tracks and down to the beach. In places the path is steep.

Tide pools can be found along the southern side of the beach. Sea stacks rise out of the surf zone. The cliffs along the beach have interesting rock formations and water weeping from the cracks. Shallow caves have been hollowed out by the waves along the base of the cliffs.


Shark Fin Cove (or Shark Tooth Beach, Davenport, CA

Shark Fin Cove

Shark Fin Cove (aka Shark Tooth Beach)

A short distance (0.7 miles) south of Davenport Beach is a small pocket beach with spectacular sea stacks. It can be called Shark Fin Cove or Shark Tooth Cove, although the former seems to be the most accepted name. Photographers often visit the cove to catch images of the rocks in varying light. Parking is in a long turnout along the highway. A short, steep trail leads to the beach.


Davenport Landing Beach, Davenport, CA

Davenport Landing Beach

Davenport Landing Beach

Davenport Landing Beach is a favorite with surfers. Located 1.6 miles north of Davenport on Davenport Landing Road, the beach has limited parking in a small lot and along the shoulder. A wheelchair ramp runs down to the restroom near the road and then on down to the beach.

The best surfing is usually along the north end of the beach out near the rocky point. A good, consistent break there is a favorite with local surfers and with wind surfers.


Scott Creek Beach

Located 3 miles north of Davenport, Scott Creek Beach is easily accessible from Highway 1. A viewing platform with several benches alongside the highway makes a convenient place to look out over the beach, watch for passing whales, and enjoy a morning coffee.

Surfers and kite surfers like Scott Creek. Surfers tend to come in early morning and late in the day to avoid the wind, while kite surfers are out all day. Dangerous surf makes it hazardous for wading and swimming.




Davenport Beach, Davenport,  CA
Davenport Beach, Davenport,  CA
Davenport Landing Beach map, Davenport,  CA
Scott Creek Beach map, Davenport,  CA
Scott Creek Beach, Davenport, CA

Scott Creek Beach

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