Shelter Cover is at the top of the best kept secrets on the Central Coast. Only a true adventurer could find this place! Shelter Cove is only three acres of beach access to Elmer Ross Beach, a bluff decorated with a gazebo, and a long stair-case path down to numerous untouched tide pools.
Getting to Shelter Cove can be somewhat tricky for non-local residents. From 101 North, take the Price Street exit, and turn right. In order to access the stairway to the beach and the bluffs, you must park at the Best Western Shore Cliff Lodge and walk through the hotel to get to a walking path that leads to the staircase. To get to the hotel, from 101 North, take the Price Street exit, and go right after the freeway, and the hotel will be on your left. If you’re coming from 101 South, take the Price Street exit, go right at Price Street stop sign, and the hotel will be on your left. When you get to the hotel, take the path to the right down to some of the hotel rooms. The path will lead you to a frontage walking path.
Before you start your tide pool adventure, make sure you check the tide. At low tide, is when you can see the most sea life. When it’s at high tide, that’s best for snorkeling. Check the daily tide here: Pismo Tide Schedule