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About Scott Creek Beach in Davenport, California

Scott Creek Beach is one of the nicest beaches in the Davenport area north of Santa Cruz and that is saying something. The beach is right next to Highway 1 as it dips into the Scott Creek Valley north of Davenport Landing.

Scott Creek runs into the ocean at the north end of the beach and Molino Creek crosses the beach at the south end. The shallow channel formed in the sand when Scott Creek is flowing can be fun for kids to play in, but when it’s not flowing it can get stagnant. Most people settle into the beach between the creeks but this beautiful coastline invites exploration north and south. In particular, there are excellent tide pools to investigate if you walk north at low tides. The closest tidepools are a short walk, but consider going farther to more tidepools and rocks in the surf.

During certain times of the year there might be areas closed for snowy plover nesting habitat area. For this reason, dogs are not allowed on Scott Creek Beach.

The beach at Scott Creek is one of about nine different shoreline accesses that were purchased by a trust and transferred to the state to save it from development. This new property is known as the Coast Dairies State Park.

Cabrillo Hwy
Davenport, CA 95017
Park Name
Coast Dairies State Park, Scott Creek State Beach
State Parks
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free parking
Beachcombing, Beach Exploration, Beach Walking, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, Tidepooling, Surfing
Tide Pools, Dunes, Creek, No Facilities
Map of Scott Creek Beach
Bonny Doon, US
11:59 pm, April 23, 2024
temperature icon 52°F
L: 51° H: 55°
Feels like 50.45 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 3 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0.01 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 6:23 am
Sunset: 7:50 pm
Humidity 77 %
Pressure1018 mb
Wind 3 m/s

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April 12, 2023

I would like to emphasize the “no pet” policy on this stretch of beach due to the nesting endangered snowy plovers. Right now there are birds using this beach, so please be aware of where you are walking. These little birds nest in open areas of the sand and very easily camouflaged, so difficult to spot until you are nearly on top of them. They are extremely vulnerable to human and pet traffic which destroy their nests and potentially kill or displace the chicks. There are lots of other beaches that do allow pets, so please adhere to the signage and respect and protect the beautiful wildlife of the area. Thank you.