Davenport was originally famous for its successful whaling industry. Today, the cliffs of Davenport, a short walk from Highway 1, offer some of Santa Cruz County's best vantage points for watching these protected mammals during their annual migration.
The town is named after Captain John Davenport who set up his whaling business after the Civil War. For almost 50 years the town prospered, with hotels, stores, a shipyard, and other thriving businesses.
Visitors to the area often visit the Lundberg Studios. The studio features several glassmakers that create incredibly detailed works of art.
This coastal town also features several dining establishments. There are also opportunities for shopping at several local shops.
Davenport is located in Santa Cruz County south of San Francisco between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz along Highway 1 near the Pacific Ocean. There is also a Davenport, Iowa.
Davenport is part of the Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California metro area.