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About Big Creek Beach (Las Trancas) in Davenport, California

Big Creek Beach is below steep bluffs between Greyhound Rock Coastal Access and Waddell Creek Beach in northern Santa Cruz County. The most direct access to the beach is across from Big Creek Lumber Company where a steel gate blocks access to a dirt landing strip on top of the bluff. There is room to park a few cars outside of the gate without blocking it.

Surfers are the main users of this beach which they call Waddell Reefs. There are tide pools galore here especially at low tide. If the tide is not high, you can walk in either direction on the beach to public access points at Greyhound Beach and Waddell Beach. The land at the bluff is the lumber company’s private property so park at your own risk and leave if asked. If you don’t want to worry then park at Waddell Creek Beach and walk south on the beach to the obvious rocky reef area.

3564 Highway 1
Davenport, CA 95017
Other Names
Waddell Reefs, Las Trancas Beach
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free parking
Surfing, Tidepooling, Beach Walking, Beachcombing
Tide Pools, No Facilities
Map of Big Creek Beach (Las Trancas)
Bonny Doon, US
3:48 pm, May 25, 2024
temperature icon 66°F
L: 49° H: 66°
Feels like 65.79 °F scattered clouds
Wind gusts: 7 m/s
UV Index: 4.68
Precipitation: 0.01 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:53 am
Sunset: 8:18 pm
Humidity 66 %
Pressure1017 mb
Wind 7 m/s

Nearby Beaches

Waddell Creek Beach

0.6 miles away

Waddell Creek Beach is the northernmost beach in Santa Cruz County. This wide sandy beach is part of Big...

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