SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES – SWAMI BEACH

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.

Swami Beach from above

Swami Beach from above – Low Tide

Headed down to the beach

Headed down to the beach

High on the  hill is the Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat.  Apparently anyone is welcome and I’ve heard they have absolutely beautiful gardens.

Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat

Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat

Cliff Wall

Cliff Wall

I think it sprung a leak

I think it sprung a leak

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.

Tide Pools

Tide Pools

Tide Pools

Tide Pools

Tide Pools

Tide Pools

Sand piper looking for food

Sand piper looking for food

Common Sea Urchin open

Common Sea Urchin open

Common Sea Urchin - almost closed (I helped it just a little)

Common Sea Urchin – almost closed (I helped it just a little)

Looks like an Octopus Fossil

Looks like an Octopus Fossil

Kelp Crab

Kelp Crab

Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

More people checking out the tide pools

More people checking out the tide pools

Fossils

Fossils

Walkers and Tide Poolers

Walkers and Tide Poolers

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.

Surfer Crossing

Surfer Crossing

Ready to Surf

Ready to Surf

Surfers

Surfers

Surfers

Surfers

On many beaches you will find things or even people that strike you as a bit odd…  this beach was no exception.

Front row seat to watch surfers?  Weird place to sit when the tide is coming back in.

Front row seat to watch surfers? Weird place to sit when the tide is coming back in.

What IS he doing?

What IS he doing?  I think his jeans just got wet.

And now it’s time to head back up those stairs.

Time to climb 800

5 Comments on “SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACHES – SWAMI BEACH

    • It is beautiful and certainly unusual. The sad part is that there is so much to explore and so little time. Spent yesterday in Oceanside and still didn’t have the time to see the Mission (largest of the 21 missions along the southern coast). So that will be another day. Next week we’re going to Desert Hot Springs for 3 days. Looking forward to that. And we still have to find a couple days to go up to Solvang. You would love that… It is a quaint little Danish Village which I’m sure is a big Danish city with quaint shops by now.

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