If you wander Cañada Verde beach at low tide, you might find what look like the remains of some ancient civilization.
Cañada Verde (green glen) beach is at the end of Miramontes Point Road. It is sometimes called the Ritz beach because it’s near that blufftop hotel. The beach is named for the ravine that was the southern boundary of Candelario Miramontes’ 1841 Mexican land grant; the Cañada Verde creek runs out to sea there.
The pillars emerging from the bluff on the ocean side of the Ritz-Carlton hotel once supported the foundation of a hotel that was begun in the 1970s but was never built.
In 2017 safety concerns about the crumbling remains, and the area’s rapid bluff erosion, prompted the removal of most of the structure.