Virtual Pedro Point

Shelter Cove

A 17 acre privately owned beach property nestled between Linda Mar beach and San Pedro Rock.

Originally it was a secluded fishing village that later became a popular recreational stop along the Ocean Shore Rail Road for beach picnics, swimming, resort and restaurant activities. Shelter Cove has a long history of public use dating back to the early 1900s.

Also known as 'Smugglers Cove', the prominent fog and difficult access of the site made it a desirable location for bootleggers and rum runners during prohibition.

In 1983, a violent storm washed out the access road leaving accessibility only through a rugged foot path or by boat. A staircase was repaired in 2009 as the footpath eroded into the ocean.

The property has been closed to the public since the 1970s.

Can be seen from Learning Station 5 at Pedro Point Summit

Shelter Cove Image

Photograph by Stephen Johnson

Shelter Cove image

Shelter Cove Image

Shelter Cove. circa early 1950s. Pacifica Historcial Scoiety.