At 0430 we woke up, chugged an espresso from my Nespresso machine and hit the road with one goal: Sunset at Shark Fin Cove. We had left the clear skies of San Jose and down a windy road to be welcomed by the fog covering the entire Santa Cruz coastline. Driving through thick fog almost was discouraging but we pressed on. We fortunately remember which dirt parking lot Sharks Fin Cove is at as its easy to blast right by it and end up in the town of Davenport. We hurried down, waited way past the reported sunrise time of 0540 and got some decent shots:
Here is a shot I took back in 2011 when I had first visited the location (sunset):
If you are in the SF Bay Area and into photography, Shark Fin Cove is a easily obtainable shot with a relatively short (but steep) walk up and down a loose rocky trail if you choose to go down and photograph it from the beach area. You can also go to the left and there is a hole in the rock making a small cave that looks out to the island rock on the left:
There are plenty of other hidden gems up and down highway 1 – Panther Beach, Wilder Beach and “The Crack”. Just please keep in mind that if you do visit anywhere, please carry out your own trash and be respectful of nature and do not bomb it with graffiti. Buildings, walls and other surfaces in urban areas – thats fine, whatever. But please leave nature alone as-is and do not deface it and let others enjoy its natural beauty.
Below are examples of the trash and graffiti. We picked up what we can (specifically any bags, nets and plastic items) to help preserve our beaches and ecosystem.
Getting to Sharks Fin Cove is a bit tricky when you are driving. As much as I’d love to link and leave the GPS coordinates for everyone to enjoy, I’d hate to enable more reckless people leaving behind trash and defacing the rocks. If you do happen to find the dirt parking lot, you’ll need to walk down ~200 yards on the dirt trail shown below. You’ll see it once you get closer to the edge of the cliff
As you can see here, its a dirt trail that leads to the cove. On the left is the cave and right is the shark fin
Theres this pipe that you’ll need to walk under and then continue down to the beach.
Once you’re down at the beach, enjoy the sight and snap away with your camera. Just remember: You pack it in, pack it out!