Day 82 – Shark Fin Cove


Today’s first for the “one new thing a day for 100 days” new years resolution was to scope out Shark Fin Cove just south of Davenport, CA.  I had to drive up to San Francisco for work and this item list was conveniently right on the way.. a must see!  While it is clearly a gem that one could spend a Sunday afternoon enjoying, a quick ten minute visit is well worth it..


Heading south from the small town of Davenport, on Highway 1 about a mile south of the city, is the turn out for the beach on the RIGHT. If you are paying attention and you still miss it, you can briefly see the fin from the road as you drive past and flip around.  If heading north, the turn out is just after Bonny Dune Rd, and obviously will be on your LEFT 😉

The main geologic feature has inspired two interchangeable names: Shark Fin Cove and Shark Tooth Beach.  Keep in mind this is not the same spot as Davenport Cove (which sits further north)

Shark Fin Rock

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years ago the shark fin was an extension of the mudstone cliff that encloses this beach. Over the years, the force of the crashing waves and whistling winds steadily eroded away the rock in a process called coastal geomorphology.

The rock now stands as we see it today: A small island that catches the light at sunset so compellingly that photographers travel from all over the country to capture its timeless beauty.

Sea Cave

The other magical feature you will see on this exploration is the sea cave.  When the ocean has dumped tons of sand onto the beach, a small cave forms on the southeast side of the beach. If you’re lucky, the lapping water will have excavated the cave for you, revealing a hole in the cliff, large enough to walk through. Photographers love to visit the beach during this time because the hole perfectly frames the waves crashing into shark fin rock and the other sea stacks that stand like sentries over the cove.

This cave was also formed as the hydraulic action of the waves slowly eroded away the rock. Hundreds of years from now the cave may open up and form an arch which will eventually collapse and leave yet another free standing island of rock.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: