Davenport Landing Road Almost one mile north of Davenport is Davenport Landing Drive. The road leads to a beach access area and returns to Highway One about one mile farther north.

Davenport Landing Beach In 1997 Santa Cruz County dedicated a beach access. Parking, handicapped access to the beach, and latrines were added.

The area is also known as Davenport Beach and informally called Shark Tooth Beach.

The beach at Davenport Landing. The rock is El Jarro Point

History

At El Jarro Point where it meets the sea near Aguna Puerca Creek was the settlement of Davenport Landing, from the 1870's to 1915. It was here that John King and Captain John Davenport built a 400 foot pier. The settlement served as a loading area for ships. It served as the port for the town of Davenport. Davenport Landing was destroyed by fire in 1915.  Although known for a loading area and commerce, debate continues that it may have been used as a whaling station. The only evidence is the whaling equipment that was part of John Davenport's inventory during his bankruptcy. Some believe it was from his earlier days as a whaler. Some suspect whaling is why he chose the spot for Davenport Landing.

Businesses

The area is mostly residential.

Transportation

There is parking nearby for cars. Nearest bus stop is the town of Davenport, two miles by road.

The entrance to the beach at Davenport Landing.

Maps

USGS topograpic maps:

  Latitude(DMS) Longitude(DMS) Map Name
  370128N 1221257W Davenport

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