Just north of Santa Cruz, the tiny town of Davenport boasts about 350 residents, and some of the most stunning coastline beaches in California. Little has changed since it was founded about a century ago by Massachusetts whaler, John Davenport. Visit the church, the jail, and then check out some great places to eat, shop, and enjoy the outdoors.

American Abalone Farm
245 Davenport Landing Road
(831) 457-2700

The Abalone Farm has been growing these single-shell marine snails and shipping them all around the world for over 20 years. There are no tours, but every Saturday they sell fresh abalone direct to the public from 10-2 p.m.

Davenport Roadhouse
1 Davenport Avenue
(831) 426-8801
The Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn is a town institution. First built in 1906, the restaurant features fresh produce from neighboring organic farms, a full bar, and outstanding wines. The inn rooms feature ocean views, locally made soaps and lotions, and cashmere-like robes made of soy and bamboo fibers.

La Sirena Antiques
500 Highway 1
(831) 427-2766

Tucked away in an alley just off Main Street, you’ll find La Sirena Antiques. There is an eclectic collection of antique finds from all over the world. The owner says she sometimes sells French antiques to French tourists!

Whale City Bakery
Davenport, CA 95017
490 Hwy 1
(831) 423-9803

A bakery by day, and a bar by night, Whale City Bakery is open 365 days a year. Stop by in the morning for a bear claw, and come back later for a beer.

Swanton Berry Farm
(831) 469-8804

Pick your own berries or buy them by the pound at the Swanton Berry Farm Stand. Take them hom, or choose from a huge selection of jams, pies, cobblers and other berry products on sale. Swanton Farm Stand is open all year. Hours are 8am to 8pm Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 8am to 6pm in the Fall and Spring, and 8am to 5pm in the Winter.

Bean Hollow State Beach

Swim, hike, or windsurf at Bean Hollow Beach and Waddell Beach. Bean Hollow State Beach includes two sheltered coves, separated by a rocky point. Just a stone’s throw away is Pebble Beach — not the chic one frequented by the stars. This Pebble Beach is known for it’s amazing pebbles — thousands and thousand of sand polished gems.

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