Nine miles north of Santa Cruz, the town of Davenport is adorned with art galleries and charming cafes. In the winter months, the coastal bluffs provide the perfect perch for watching migrating whales as they pass just off shore, and many visitors scour the windswept beaches below for sea glass treasures. Kite boarding and kite surfing are popular at Waddell Beach, where seasoned wave riders test their skills. Farther north, row crops stretch toward the sea, and north of town, elephant seals mate and nurse their young during wintertime at Ano Nuevo State Reserve. Read more...
Access with tickets only Dec.15 - Mar 31: Naturalist-led tours venture into elephant seal breeding rookery Dec. 15 - Mar. 31. For reservations call 800.444.4445. April 1 - Nov 30, self-guided access by permit only (avail. at park). Seals present year-round.
Waddell Beach attracts surfers, kite and windsurfers, tide pool explorers and families. Rancho Del Oso offers biking, hiking, trail camps, horseback riding and camp, waterfalls, guided family activities and a great Nature Center. Free parking. Sorry, no dogs!
Delicious desserts, pastries, salads, sandwiches & more
Across from beach & wharf, beautiful gardens.
Stained glass windows & over-sized spas available.
Kayak tours & rentals daily, beginners welcome!
Whale Watching in Davenport