Welcome to Shelter Cove
The only sizable community on the Lost Coast, Shelter Cove is surrounded by the King Range National Conservation Area and abuts a large south-facing cove. It’s a tiny seaside subdivision with an airstrip in the middle – indeed, many visitors are private pilots. Fifty years ago, Southern California swindlers subdivided the land, built the airstrip and flew in potential investors, fast-talking them into buying seaside land for retirement. But they didn’t tell buyers that a steep, winding, one-lane dirt road provided the only access and that the seaside plots were eroding into the sea. Today, the large number of 'For Sale' plaques are a sobering sign of the times.
Today, there’s still only one route, but now it’s paved. Cell phones barely work here: this is a good place to disappear. A short drive brings you to the stunning Black Sands Beach stretching for miles northward.