a view of an island cove, looking over a grove of olive trees
Smuggler's Cove, Santa Cruz Island. ©Tim Hauf,

A cove is a small, sheltered, circular bay with a narrow opening that protects it from strong currents. It can be found on the coast of an ocean, lake, or river. Coves are formed through the erosion of the soft rocks that surround them.

Last updated: November 9, 2018