Check the tide chart for low tide
Personal Experience: This is a beach that I have been going to since I was a child. My grandpa named it mushroom beach back when he would take my mom and her siblings there when they were children because of the strange rock formations that resembled mushrooms. Part of the reason that this beach is so hidden and secluded is because it is difficult to get to. The whole adventure reminds me of a video game: first making it around the small cove which is only easily accessible if the tide is low. Then making it around the actually quite dangerous white wall. I was watching kids go back and forth like it was nothing, but it's actually pretty frightening. The white wall is the part that will turn many people away. You can try to get there from the bottom when the tide is lower which may be much safer. Once you make it past this part though, you're in! You will then be welcomed by a beach that I like to break down into 4 segments (or levels). I haven't named the segments yet but maybe I will one day.
This beach is for those who prefer seclusion, enjoy tide pools and the smaller details that the ocean shore can offer. There is an over-abundance of interesting things to do and see in this area and there is a little something for everyone.
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This beach goes on for awhile and can be broken off into different segments. The first part is the true "mushroom beach" because of the shapes. The next segment shown below is flatter but there are still plenty of tide pools and pretty scenery:
The next area you can only get to if the tide is low. Otherwise you're swimming and possibly crashing into the wall! If the tide is low, then you can view Mother Nature's artwork on the walls!
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