7. Surf the black sand beaches of California’s “Lost Coast” (Shelter Cove, CA)
There’s northern California, which most people associate with the San Francisco Bay Area, and then there’s northern California, where you’ll find significantly more hiking trails (and marijuana farms) than people. (Seriously.) Then there’s the “Lost Coast” in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties, where you’ll find even fewer people—hence its name—and a misty, remote landscape all to yourself.
One of our favorite destinations in this region is Shelter Cove, and once you catch a glimpse of its breathtaking black sand beaches, charming historic lighthouse, friendly (however, few) local spots, and secluded forest trails, you’ll understand why. This spot is perfect for the guy who’s looking to get away from it all (whether it be a stressful career, or a stressful relationship) and completely recharge. It’s also a hotspot for experienced surfers, who head to “Big Flat” hoping to take on a few of the area’s massive waves. When it comes to surfing Shelter Cove, though, be warned: The ocean is especially unforgiving here, and if you’re still getting the hang of the surfboard you picked up in Santa Cruz, then you’re better off staying on the sand.Back to top