Virtual Guidebook to the Northern California Coast and Coast Ranges
Shelter Cove
west of Garberville California


Shelter Cove is an odd place, not quite a town, and the only settlement of any kind on the Lost Coast. It dates from a real estate development in the 1960's and features a combined airport/golf course - the runway runs right through the middle of town (fore!) There is a boat launching area in the cove and in season fishermen haul surprisingly large boats on trailers over the mountains. The cast-iron lighthouse building from Cape Mendocino has been relocated to here.

There are several bed and breakfasts and motels, a couple of coffee shops and sometimes a restaurant. We stayed there once and were amused at the sign in our motel room "no cleaning fish in bathroom sink". They wouldn't bother to say it if it wasn't a problem.



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The fish cleaning area above the landing at Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


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The boat launching area at Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


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Restaurant above the landing at Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


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Boat storage on the clifftops at Mario's Marina

(January 21, 2008)


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Mal Coombes Park, with the relocated Cape Mendocino Lighthouse

(January 21, 2008)


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Shelter Cove campground, convenient to the airstrip and gold course

(January 21, 2008)


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The air strip runs right through the center of town at Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


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The Shelter Cove golf course encircles the air strip

(January 21, 2008)


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Two small hotels, right on the pocket beach in Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


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A small coastal access park, being gradually eroded away

(January 21, 2008)


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Private homes dominate the shoreline at Shelter Cove

(January 21, 2008)


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