Beaches in Crescent City & Del Norte County, California
Let your spirit wander along endless California coastline. Escape to a quiet cove. Explore craggy shores with waves that crash against mysterious sea stacks. Picnic, surf, beachcomb or just be on the raw yet relaxed beaches of Crescent City and Del Norte County.
Stroll, surf, paddleboard or just watch the sun sink down into the Pacific Ocean. South Beach is a large sandy beach area located steps away from the Crescent City Harbor and Marina. Steps away, you will find surfboard rentals, surfing lessons and SUP rentals at North Coast Ocean Sports — pick up your board, wetsuit, and get into the water! Head to Local Boys Surf & Skate Shop in town for surfboard and wetsuit rentals, accessories and local surf tips. After your day at the beach, walk across Anchor Way to watch the sunset with a fresh seafood meal at one of the waterfront restaurants — Chart Room Restaurant and North Coast Grill.
Along the edges of Tolowa Dunes State Park and Lake Earl State Wildlife Area, you’ll discover a quiet beach. Wander miles of broad coastline along Kellogg Beach searching for agate and driftwood. Share a thrill with the people you love driving your car on sandy shoreline. Nestle down on some driftwood and watch the sunset.
Plan a picnic at the foot of Crescent Beach. Mostly contained with Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, there are more than just scenic treasures at this beach. Study the sand dollars sprinkled in the shore and select one that makes your spirit sing. Ambling further south will reveal an excellent surf spot — South Beach.
Tidepools at Enderts Beach
Descend down a bluff onto the secluded Enderts Beach. This rugged retreat is treasured by locals. Explore a jagged ravine to the east, layered delicately with ferns where Nickel Creek scores the hillside to join with the sand. Low tide reveals puddles of vibrant sea life. Gather around a tidepool and get nose-to-nose with a sea star.
Say hello to the spirit of Oregos further south in Klamath. The Klamath River is home to the Yurok Tribe. At the mouth of the river as it flows into the ocean, you’ll discover a sandbar the Yurok Tribe considers the leg of Oregos. Each year she swings her leg so that fish can migrate and feed the people. The sandbar attracts both wildlife and sea life. Wildlife spottings even include bears and cougar swimming across the river. Along the sacred grounds, you’ll also spot several traditional Yurok plank houses. History and life collide along Klamath Beach.
Breathe in the calm, salty air of a cove at Hidden Beach. Close to Klamath Beach, you’ll be nestled into a tree-covered hillside. Spread out a blanket and share a meal or simply watch cormorants and pelicans take flight.
Photo by Xiong Thao Photography