1. Shark Fin Cove
9 miles north of Santa Cruz after the Bonny Doon Road is an amazing little beach the locals like to call Shark Fin Cove. A short walk down the trail past railroad tracks and you’ll find yourself in a cozy secluded beach with room to run, rocks to climb on, and a cave to explore. While the cove is known for its geological formations, mostly the iconic “Shark Fin” (a large, fin-shaped rock formation smack dab in the middle of the cove) it has amazing views from every direction to watch the waves crash into cliffs while far from the public eye.