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Coast Dairies State Park is a state-owned property that was acquired in 2006 from the Coast Dairies Ranch Company. The land was purchased by the Trust for Public Land, a non-profit organization, and gifted to the California State Parks and Recreation Department to save it from becoming a high-end housing development. This was done to ensure that the public would continue to have access to the shoreline in this area.

It’s still unclear if this will eventually become an official state park, but this state land spans about a six mile segment of Highway 1 north and south of the small town of Davenport in Santa Cruz County. Included in this property are some well-known beaches including Bonny Doon, Laguna Creek, Panther, Shark Fin Cove, Davenport Landing, and Scott Creek Beach. All of these are a short drive west from Santa Cruz and just over an hour from the South San Francisco Bay Area.

Bonny Doon Beach

More recently the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) purchased an even larger tract of land on the inland side of the highway. Before his final term was up in 2017, President Obama added the BLM portion of Coast Dairies to the California Coastal National Monument. Much of the land east of the highway will continue to be used for farming, but for the most part this entire area is now public land for our enjoyment. BLM is working on a plan to give everyone access to this new area known as Cotoni-Coast Dairies. The land between the highway and the ocean will remain a state property.

A view of BLM portion of Coast Diaries State ParkA view of the inland portion of the state park (BLM photo)

Below is a list of the beaches in Coast Dairies State Park.


Beaches on this map

  • Laguna Creek Beach

    Laguna Creek Beach, near Santa Cruz, is a remote and wide sandy beach with a creek, wetlands, unique rocks, and wild waves. It is located just north of the infamous […]

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  • Hole-in-the-Wall Beach

    Hole-in-the-Wall Beach is located immediately south of Panther Beach between Santa Cruz and the town of Davenport. The only access to Hole in the Wall Beach is by walking south […]

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  • Panther Beach

    Panther Beach is a popular sandy beach north of Santa Cruz near the hamlet of Davenport. It’s part of the Coast Dairies State Park land acquisition and will eventually be […]

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  • Bonny Doon Beach

    Boony Doon Beach is a stunning beach backed by dunes and otherwise surrounded by high cliff walls. A creek, Liddell Creek, flows through a tunnel in the rock wall at […]

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  • Davenport Cove & Shark Fin Beach

    This is a sandy beach in a small but deep cove south of the town of Davenport. Davenport Cove is locally known by several different names including Shark Fin Cove […]

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  • Secret Beach of Coast Dairies

    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 […]

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  • Davenport Beach

    Davenport Beach, a.k.a. San Vicente Beach, is the southern beach of two beaches right in the little town of Davenport, California. This beach is easily accessible and the other one […]

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  • Davenport Landing Beach

    Davenport Landing Beach is a short drive from Highway 1 on Davenport Landing Road just north of Davenport, CA. Parking spots can be found along this loop road next to […]

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  • Scott Creek Beach

    Scott Creek Beach is one of the nicest beaches in the Davenport area north of Santa Cruz. The beach is right next to Highway 1 as it dips into the […]

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Other locations on this map

  • Davenport

    Davenport is a small town on Highway 1 along the Santa Cruz County shore. The town has stellar beaches, several restaurants, and a clean old hotel called the Roadhouse.

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