Friday, June 19, 2020

Devereux Beach

Devereux Beach is a Isla Vista beach popular with surfers and students. This beach and neighboring Sand Beach are home to Coal Oil Point, the Devereux Slough and the many Snowy Plover. The beach can be narrow near the entrance steps so you may need to know the tides. The tide pools are best close to the point.

Directions: From 101, take the Los Carneros exit. Turn south toward the ocean. Follow the road until it dead ends at El Colegio Rd. and turn right. Take the second left onto Camino Corto and continue to the end at Del Playa. Turn right and continue to the end. Park in the spots along Camino Majorca under the trees.

We park at the corner of Camino Majorca and Del Playa, then walk straight down the path (directly off the end of the road) down the steps to the Devereux Beach.  Alternately you can go right on the path and head to the end at Devereux or Sands Beach. Coal Oil Point is to the left. 

As a former science teacher, I got lost in all the info for the Devereux Slough. There is a virtual tour. And a videographer that has created videos on the Devereux Slough or the Snowy Plover.
There were not a lot of people on this beach so it was easy to socially distance. 
This beach has great tidepools at low tide. They are best closest to the point (right from the stairs).
We had a great time rock/shell collecting here. 
The surfers concentrate at the point, so if you keep closer to the stairs, you might have the beach to yourself. 

The stairs are the hardest place to socially distance and you may want to wear a mask here even if you don't wear one out in nature. 
When entering using the stairs, it does say "clothing optional" to the left (for your planning information).
No bathrooms
There has been a ton of kelp the times we have been there and (this being Coal Oil Point) there is a lot of tar. 
Stairs at the end of Camino Majorca

Devereux Beach East toward Depressions Beach

Devereux Beach East toward Haskell's Beach

Colorful Structure

Path Down at Sands Beach/Coal Oil Point

Path to Coal Oil Point

Nude Beach to the left of the stairs

Tar Rocks

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