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Stillwater Cove: How You Can Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board and More

There are days when the heart-shaped Stillwater Cove barely has a pulse. The glassy waters are a sanctuary for paddle boarders and kayakers, who glide between enchanting kelp forests, cute sea otters and playful seals and dolphins.

Stillwater Cove is a protected inlet between Pescadero Rocks and Arrowhead Point. In golfing directions, it’s the drop-dead backdrop between the 7th and 17th holes, royally announcing one of the greatest four-hole stretches in the game: Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7. (Perhaps that stretch is only rivaled by grouping Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 10 together, instead.)

The shallow Stillwater Cove is protected by the jutting Pescadero Point — which is actually home to Ghost Tree and some of the largest waves in the world.

Stillwater Cove is a protected inlet between Pescadero Rocks and Arrowhead Point. In golfing directions, it’s the drop-dead backdrop between the 7th and 17th holes, royally announcing one of the greatest four-hole stretches in the game: Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 7.

The Pescadero Rocks off the 18th tee also act as a lead blocker to knock down northwest swells.

Stillwater Cove attracts boatloads of fishermen and divers — although diving access is limited to just 10 people per day to preserve the area’s natural beauty.

 

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Of course, Stillwater Cove isn’t always so still. Waves bouncing off the seawall along the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links are an iconic sight.

But whether you’re playing golf along the bluffs ringing it, strolling along the beach kissing it, or cruising on its azure waters, the serene Stillwater Cove is a special place to spend any day.

Interested in kayaking or paddle boarding Stillwater Cove? We’ve partnered with Adventures By The Sea for lessons, tours and more.

Here’s what you need to know:

Kayaking

  • Kayaking tours depart daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Tours last 2 hours
  • Reserve your spot here
  • Meet at the Stillwater Cove pier behind the Beach & Tennis Club
  • Bring a towel, hat or sunglasses, and sunscreen

You will go through a paddling and wildlife orientation, and additional kayaking clothes, as well as a bag for your camera or cell phone, will be provided.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

  • Schedule your own 2-hour tour
  • Call  (831) 372-1807 for availability
  • Wet suits are also available to rent

Photography by Sherman Chu


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