Black Sands Beach

Black Sands Beach, Shelter Cove: Address, Black Sands Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

Black Sands Beach
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coryandkelly
Shady Cove, OR64 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Wanted to walk along this long beach however the waves this weekend are no joke and high tide was middle of the day so we were cautious and did shorter walks overall nice beach
Written 16 January 2021
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POSHtravelier
Waterbury, VT209 contributions
Aug 2020
Black sand is a bit of a misnomer. The dark color is caused by black rock that has been pummeled into gravel by the ocean. So, if you walk on this beach, be prepared to walk on gravel. Yes, it is rounded gravel, but it is hardly sand.
Written 28 August 2020
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shoshosho
Saratoga, CA201 contributions
Jul 2020
very secluded and calm. also very unique that the sand is black. We hiked for a few miles, and it was pretty cool. kinda hard to hike because of the gravels, but doable. must see if you are in Shelter Cove area.
Written 6 August 2020
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torimask
Denver, CO187 contributions
Jul 2020
What an amazing place. We were virtually alone in this alien landscape when we visited last week. The black rock (from the tectonic triangle just offshore) was mesmerizing and felt almost magnetic. The fog and powerful crashing waves against the jutting rocks, the groups of blue shells punctuating the endless black and white. Even the majestic wingspan of the vulture nearby was captivating. The drive here is part of the adventure. We saw elk feeding in one gulch among the switchbacks and giant trees.
Written 30 July 2020
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Teri F
Long Beach, CA35 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
I just read the other reviews and I agree with all of them. The road to this beach will give your brakes a workout and don’t bring your sunscreen. You won’t need it. What you do get is a place almost no one has been, cold weather, fog, and spectacular scenery. The rocks are fantastic. Crashing, tumultuous waves just daring you to come closer ...
If remote places are your thing, you will love it.
Just fabulous. Don’t tell anyone.
Written 29 July 2020
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Glenn M
San Francisco, CA956 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
The beach is more pebbles than sand, so choose your shoes wisely. This is not crowded which adds to its charm. Parking can be a challenge since there are cars parked that belong to those hiking the lost coast trail and not using the beach. Watch out for sneaker waves if you’re inclined to get on the rocks. Rip tides are also an issue. This is a great spot to walk a bit, enjoy the air and scenery, and unwind.
Written 12 July 2020
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Sondra W
Manhattan Beach, CA633 contributions
Jun 2020
This beach is definitely worth the windy road to get to it! I guess the road is great as it keeps the tourist out. We went during Covid, so not sure if always empty, or if it was unique to the time period. Really amazing to look down the coast, and see no one. I understand why it is the start of the Lost Coast. The beach goes on forever, and has the most unique rocks. All have been smoothed from years of the ocean beating them and each one has their own story as told through patterns of white lines in the black rocks. Plan to spend time just walking a long the shore, listening to the waves, admiring the rocks, the isolation, and the beauty. It is a treasure that is one of the many reasons California is so spectacular. I would love to come back and do the Lost Coast hike/ camping trip!
Written 15 June 2020
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Amber D
Bountiful, UT31 contributions
Oct 2019
Off the beaten path this is the destination not a place youll find along the way. Worth the terrifying drive~
Written 9 December 2019
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Cat
Ocala, FL143 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
The access trail to this beach is relatively easy. On the way down, there are warning signs regarding wave activity. The day we were there it was grey and the power of the ocean was palpable. I stood where I thought I was safe only to find out later that I was in the zone for sneaker waves which had recently cost people their lives. A very scary lesson learned! The drive is one of the most windy hour long roads I have been on. The view was magnificent and I hope that visitors continue to keep this area pristine. This is not a swimming beach nor should children roam freely. Well worth the visit!
Written 28 November 2019
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Joe B
Central Florida40 contributions
Feb 2019
I hesitated to write this review because I selfishly don't want a lot of people to know about this place and possibly spoil it. However, the only route to get to it will probably deter a lot of people from visiting it. On a road trip up the PCH, I took this detour and discovered this unspoiled place. The cold air, overcast skies, and fog rolling off the mountains just make this place so strange and mystical. It's not a sunny, day at the beach kind of place at all. The waves are loud, powerful and dangerous. There's even a sign there warning people that they could die if they go into the water. Some people might not get into places like this like I did. After so many road trips and places I have visited, it's just neat when you find an unexpected out-of-the-way place like this that seems to be unspoiled by man and as nature should be.
Written 6 November 2019
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