About Secret Beach of Coast Dairies in Davenport, California
Secret Beach in the Coast Dairies state lands is hidden below a farm between Davenport Cove and Davenport Beach in northern Santa Cruz County. The cliff walls around the beach appear too steep to safely climb down all the way to the sand below. There used to be a fixed rope with knots in it that was tied to a pipe at the top of the bluff. This is why this beach has also been called Rope Beach. A two-track farm road wraps around this Coast Dairies property and meanders directly above this beach. You can photograph the beach from the edge of these cliffs. This farm road makes a great hike and looks down on Shark’s Tooth Beach in Davenport Cove at the south end and Davenport Beach at San Vicente Creek at the north end.
The parking area is a pull-out spot along Highway 1 about a half-mile north of Bonny Doon Road. Follow the trail past the gate to the railroad tracks. The trail to the left drops into the cove and the farm road to the right goes to Secret Beach. Walk on the farm road to toward the ocean and then go north along the edge. It eventually loops back to your car. Be sure to take pictures of the shark tooth-shaped rock in the water at Davenport Cove as you walk toward Secret Beach. Watch for poison ivy as you hike around this area.
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