Calm after the storm; an expression that doesn’t quite articulate the beauty that was found down a muddy path and through a rocky opening at a local beach in Central California. After the stormy weather that flew through SoCal last week, I stumbled upon the perfect location to truly experience the calm after the storm.

This week’s Secret of SoCal is Pirate’s Cove in Avila Beach.

Pirate’s Cove is located between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach along the Central Coast of California. After exiting Highway 101 on Avila Beach Blvd, I continued on the road until I turned left onto Cave Landing Road. I then followed the winding incline up to the dirt parking lot. On the left hand side of the parking lot, a dirt path led down through foliage and towards the big rock. Alternatively, you can continue straight down the path to the scenic beach.


Let’s get down to the naked truth about Pirate’s Cove; it’s a nude beach! Because Pirate’s Cove is a nude beach, it is much less populated than surrounding local beaches such as Avila and Pismo. Pirate’s Cove recently shifted from only being a nude beach to now being clothing optional. I will admit that it was extremely nippy on the beach this winter (no pun intended) so I can’t imagine how the whole nude thing works out.

The aspect I loved most about Pirate’s Cove was the small cove directly off of the declining path. Around sunset, I walked towards the cove in attempt to watch the perfect sunset. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how many other beach goers had the same idea! People were sitting on blankets with mini picnics watching the sun set over the clouds.


My only qualm about Pirate’s Cove was that there was sprinkled litter throughout, along with a bit of graffiti on the walls of the actual cove. With the exception of the small amounts of litter, Pirate’s Cove was the perfect winter sunset spot. Head to Pirate’s Cove after the upcoming rain this week to watch the perfect sunset.


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