Swami Beach is not easy to find, but it’s well worth the time looking for it. It was named for the Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat that overlooks the beach. It is located on Coast Highway 101 south of K Street. Once you arrive you descend 145 steps leading down the bluff to the Beach. You will want to go at low tide because when the tide is high it only leaves a very narrow strip of sand by the bluff and at some points the water actually comes up to the bluff. During low tide the water will recede 50 to 75 feet.
High on the hill is the Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat. Apparently anyone is welcome and I’ve heard they have absolutely beautiful gardens.
The day was cool and there was a foggy haze over Swami Beach, but it was low tide and time to search for tide pool treasures. Swami Beach boasts some of Southern California’s best tide pools. As the tide recedes the rocks and reefs are exposed and all kinds of sea animals can be found in the pools or hiding under the rocks. You can spend hours searching the tide pools for crabs, animone, shrimp, octopi and other small fish. The day we were there was not a particularly fruitful day for finding tide pool treasures, but we happily joined the others seeking sea urchins and other living animals from the sea.
Swami Beach is also noted for its fantastic waves, and has the reputation for providing some of the best waves on the Southern California coastline.The surfer traffic is heavy and these surfers take their surfing very seriously. Further down the beach is what is known to the locals as “Bones” beach and the waves aren’t quite as good and it appeared that the novices took to those waves.
On many beaches you will find things or even people that strike you as a bit odd… this beach was no exception.
And now it’s time to head back up those stairs.