Shark Fin Cove

  • Shark Fin Cove - USA
  • Shark Fin Cove - USA
  • Shark Fin Cove - USA
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Located just a few miles up Highway 1 from Santa Cruz, Shark Fin Cove is a different world. It isn’t hard to see where the beach gets its name from; viewed from the right angle the hulking rock that guards the bay’s entrance cuts the same profile of a huge shark’s fin. The sandy beach is also known as Shark Tooth Cove, for the same reason.

But there’s more to Shark Fin Cove than just a rock formation - in fact there are a few of them, including an old mine tunnel and more sea stacks. This makes it a popular spot with photographers, and things can line up very nicely around sunset for some great shots.

You won’t find anything in the way of facilities at this secluded little cove, which is actually one of it’s main charms. Instead you will just have to make do with it’s rugged natural beauty. 

Access down the path can also be a little challenging, so care is advised. 

Given it’s off-the-beaten-track nature and quietness, Shark Fin Cove is occasionally frequented by naturists, although this is pretty much only during the week as weekends tend to draw more visitors. 

Nearest town/city

Santa Cruz


Dog ban in force

Nudist/naturist beach


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