ADVENTURE: Hiking to a secret cave on the beach! // EATING: Cheese Plus sandwiches // CRAVE: The adrenaline of playing in the surf, and enjoying a bottle of rosé as the waves crash around you.
When I saw the words “Secret Cave Beach” I knew that this was a place I would have to go.
I absolutely love the ocean. Not that I can surf, scuba dive, or barely even hold my swimming in the ocean water, but the feeling of just being next to the coast is blissful.
A few girlfriends and I knew we wanted to do a day hike that had pretty views, wasn’t too long, and was outside of San Francisco, but not a crazy-far drive.
I remembered reading about Secret Cave Beach and looked it up:
- only an hour or so drive
- amazing caves and rock formations along the coast
- about 4 miles hiking round-trip
We took a half-day doing this adventure, stopping by our go-to sandwich spot, Cheese Plus on Polk Street to grab food and a bottle of rosé for our hike. (What hike wouldn’t be complete with a little bit of “reward” wine at the end, amiright?).
Below I have put together everything you need to know how to find and explore these awesome caves yourself!
Tips For Hiking to Secret Cave Beach
If you want to do this hike yourself here are the tips you need to know before you go and about the hike itself:
1. Check out the tide tables for Point Reyes and plan your hike to reach the caves around low tide. You will need it to be low tide to reach all the caves and work your way around the rocks in the coastline. BE CAREFUL WITH THE TIDES. MAKE SURE NOT TO BE THERE AT HIGH TIDE OR YOU WILL GET STUCK!
2. Put “Limantour Beach” as your destination in Google Maps — this is where you will park and start your hike. (Secret Cave Beach doesn’t show up because it’s, duh, a secret.)
3. Once you are on the beach, hike about 2 miles south towards the rocks. This is a beach hike so the ground is flat, but the sand will be a great work out for your caves!
4. Once you think you are there you are not — keep going! We scrambled up and over a couple rock formations jutting into the water, then were at a patch where we could literally walk around a whole boulder in the water that had another cave inside it.
5. You will see several different caves and arches in the rocks as you pass each section, keep your eyes out for the different hidden spots and explore!
6. Make sure to bring your reward wine and a great sandwich to enjoy at your picnic spot!
Want another awesome coastal hike? Check out my favorite hike and hidden brunch spot in Santa Cruz.