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Shelter-Cove is a small community that was planned as a retirement spot and vacation getaway. It is nestled on the "Lost Coast" of northern California, which is approximately 24 miles west of Garberville in the upper northwest corner of the state. The Lost Coast is an area of California unknown to many, but well worth the time to visit, if you like seclusion and adventure. This dramatic stretch of black sand coastline runs about 80 miles along a rugged, lightly traveled coastline. It is backed by a dozen mountain peaks and crowned by the 4,087 foot Kings Peak. At least two dozen streams cascade down the deep canyon walls that plunge into the ocean, and of the four roads that lead into this wild coastal area, two are one-lane dirt roads - all four are twisting and steep. For hikers, the Lost Coast Trail winds through the Kings Range Conservation Area and the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. Whale watching is popular in Shelter Cove from the headlands, bluffs and beaches along the coast. There are no organized whale watching services available, however. There are plenty of other activities near the village of Shelter Cove, such as golf, and a marina with boat rentals and fishing, beachcombing and tidepooling. Shelter Cove has a variety of lodging choices, restaurants, shops, a golf course and an airport. Shelter Cove is an eco-tourists dream, and is the only organized community along the 100-mile stretch of Lost Coast wilderness region.

Surrounding areas: Redway, California (14.4 mi), Garberville, California (15.5 mi), Westport, California (31.3 mi), Ferndale, California (39.2 mi), Fortuna, California (39.5 mi)

Shelter Cove Vacation Rentals

Shelter Cove Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Dean Creek ResortRedway, CA14.6 mi.(707) 923-2555
Best Western Humboldt House In701 Redwood DrGarberville, CA15.4 mi.(707) 923-2771
Sherwood Forest Motel814 Redwood DrGarberville, CA15.4 mi.(707) 923-2724

Shelter Cove Weather & Climate

Northwest California has temperatures along the coast that vary only 10 degrees from summer to winter, although a greater range is found over inland areas. During most years, rainfall averages more than 40 inches in the driest areas, and exceeds 100 inches in the zones of heavy precipitation. Most of this comes in the wintertime from storm fronts that move in from the ocean. Due to the moisture and moderate temperature, the average relative humidity is high. Largely as a result of the proximity of the cool Pacific Ocean, the adjoining coastal area has some of the coolest, most stable temperatures to be found in the state. With increasing distance from the ocean, the marine influence is less pronounced and inland areas experience wider variations of temperature and lower humidities. There are thunderstorms in the mountains during the summer, but they are infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 57°F 45°F 10.29 in. -
February 58°F 45°F 9.35 in. -
March 59°F 45°F 8.78 in. -
April 61°F 46°F 4.16 in. -
May 66°F 48°F 2.62 in. -
June 68°F 50°F 1.00 in. -
July 69°F 51°F 0.18 in. -
August 69°F 52°F 0.60 in. -
September 70°F 52°F 1.39 in. -
October 67°F 51°F 4.14 in. -
November 61°F 48°F 8.55 in. -
December 57°F 45°F 10.41 in. -

Shelter Cove Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Little River airport (O48) located about 55 miles south of Shelter Cove in Little River, California and the Arcata airport (ACV) located approximately 65 miles north of Shelter Cove in Arcata / Eureka, California.

Shelter Cove Attractions

Water Parks
Waterworks ParkReddingCA96.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Shelter Cove Golf CourseWhitethornCA7.0 mi.
Benbow Valley RV Resort & Golf CourseGarbervilleCA15.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount Shasta Ski ParkShastaCA92.1 mi.
State Parks
Sinkyone Wilderness State ParkCA10.4 mi. 
Richardson Grove State ParkCA15.0 mi. 
Humboldt Redwoods State ParkCA20.5 mi. 
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State ParkCA32.4 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Sequoia Park ZooEurekaCA53.5 mi.

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