pocket beach

A small gem, a pocket beach is a crescent of well-sorted sand tucked into a niche along a coastline. Where it occurs between headlands, it is generally hidden from view, and so all the more appealing. Pocket beaches are found along the coasts of Maine and Oregon and in other places where the land falls precipitously into the sea. Jennifer Hahn, in Spirited Waters: Soloing South through the Inside Passage, writes: “I’d seen only three possible campsites all afternoon. A new spot looked promising, but, eyeing the forest that lay behind a mattress-size beach of broken shells, I was disheartened. Telltale kelp fronds hung like Christmas garlands from the trees’ lowest branches. By midnight this lovely pocket beach would be an aquarium.” The term is synonymous with bayhead beach and cove beach.

Jan DeBlieu