Shelter Cove Beach is a long dark sand beach on the south side of the town of Shelter Cove. This is the beach at the Shelter Cove Boat Launching Facility. Boaters and fishermen dominate the shoreline here. The beach is protected from the west by Point Delgada and a rock jetty near the boat ramp so families might be present too. At low tide surfers sometimes walk or drive their trucks farther down the beach to the surf-exposed shoreline at Dead Man’s Beach. The Shelter Cove RV Park & Campground is above the cove and they have a small store and a deli. Black Sands Beach is a wider pedestrian-only beach on the north side of town. The drive to Shelter Cove is a long winding trip that begins in Redway near Garberville on the 101. Allow an hour to get here from the highway.
Northern California’s rugged coastline offers a very different experience than Southern California. Cooler temperatures and remote locations cut down on crowds. But less tourism also means fewer options for lodging. […]