Black Sands Beach, Shelter Cove

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#3 of 8 in Beaches in Humboldt County
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  • If you've seen black sand beaches before, this may not be the most impressive, but on the other hand, there is a fascinating bird life on the beach. Before we go down the beach, should be just below the search times for low and high tide as the tide shifts very quickly! You can park in the nearby parking lot, and then you can walk the last 100 metres down the very steep path. If you have small children or are Kolbe can trip up and down this way well be an obstacle. Down on the beach you can enjoy views out over the Pacific Ocean while you walk around in the black sand. You can also use the time as stated before to look at wildlife. We saw, among other things, a pair of California Condors, which was in the process of devouring a carrion. We were able to get quite close to them, which of course should be a little careful.
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  • Lovely black pebble beach and beautiful waves to watch crashing in on the black rocks. Not great for playing in the water in The fall.  more »
  • This beach really is a hidden gem. We went on a Saturday afternoon and saw less than 10 people. The sand is jet black and the water is absolutely gorgeous. A couple of things to keep in mind: It is un...  more »
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