Mitchell Cove Beach

Mitchell Cove Beach - USA
© David Merrett

The Santa Cruz beach of Mitchell’s Cove is marked by a pinnacle of sandstone that stands right at the centre of its sands. South facing, much of the depth of the beach is lost during high tide, although there is the possibility of catching sight of migrating grey whales.

Free parking is available at the top of the steps that lead down the cliff to the beach, between the turnings for Woodrow and Almar Avenues on West Cliff Drive. Dogs can be taken off their leads from 4 pm to 10 am each day.

One downside of Mitchell Cove Beach is that it can emit a strong smell of seaweed in the early spring before the main tourist season kicks in and its cleared away.

Nearest town/city

Santa Cruz


Dogs allowed

Dogs are allowed at all times but must be on a leash from 10am to 4pm each day


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