Just like a scene out of a futuristic sci-fi flick, these ruins will make you feel like you've stepped out of a portal to Atlantis. Davenport Pier in California is a unique set of ruins standing like lone sentinels in the crashing waves. A single swing hangs from one, and the eccentric graffiti and dreamy desolation set the stage for a truly unique experience.

Once a functioning pier, this spot is now home to the remains of giant beams that jut out of the water in a whimsical but eerie way.

Davenport Pier in Davenport, California, is a series of pillars leftover from when it served as an actual docking point for boats.

According to the Santacruz website, the pier was built in 1934 and lasted until 1955 when a storm ruined a section that was never fixed.

Now they sit in the waves like stoic reminders of a time since passed.

You can visit them for free, and a dreamy swing hangs from the closest one to the beach.

To reach the old pier, you can climb down the cliffside at low tide to Davenport Pier Beach, but it is a steep one so tread carefully.

If you're not up for a climb, the view from the bluffs above is just as magical. It looks like something you would discover in the lost city of Atlantis.

If you decide to make your way down to the pier, use extreme caution. According to the California Beaches website, you can reach the beach by heading down the bluff adjacent to the town.

There is a trail to the north of the parking lot that sits across from the town.

California Beaches also notes that "This is not an official access point, so use extreme caution. At higher tides, there is a blowhole on this route."

The ocean churning around the pillars creates a whimsical vibe that is sure to inspire the photographer in everyone, especially around sunset.

Davenport Pier

Price: Free

Address: Cabrillo Hwy and Cement Plant Rd., Davenport, CA

Why You Need To Go: These strange but magical ruins offer a wonderful seascape setting.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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