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Santa Cruz Beach Guide
"The Beach Finder"
The "Beach Finder" Beach Guide for Santa Cruz visitors
lists 75 beaches in S.C. County,
plus a few others for reference.
We include mileage from the S.C. wharf, comments,
and links where available.
Have you heard of a beach, but don't know how to get there ?
Use this guide to help "find your spot", courtesy of
Surf City Santa Cruz Surf Shop.
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Beaches NORTH of S.C.

SANTA CRUZ Beaches

Beaches SOUTH of S.C.

Notes:
Revision 31. 2019-09-14
Surfing beaches shown in BOLD.
Beach photo links under "Miles" below.
All locations are shown from North-to-South (and actually, West-to-East in the city proper),
    as you scroll down the page.
Most beaches do not have signs pointing to them.
Map contents vary greatly; most are lousy when it comes to beaches.
Use streets and nearby landmarks to help locate a given beach, and ask passers-by.
Miles shown are approximate from the S.C. Wharf, at the corner of Beach St. and Front St.




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The "Beach Finder"
Beaches NORTH of Santa Cruz

  All "Miles" are referenced from the Santa Cruz Wharf.
  If the "Miles" are underlined in the left-hand column,
  click for aerial photo; hit "back" button to return.
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Miles

Northern Beaches

Access

 North-to-South

75

 San Francisco

Hiway 1

 Golden Gate

 San Francisco County Line

50

 Pillar Point

Hiway 1

 Huge surf,
 a.k.a. "
Maverick's"

45

 Half Moon Bay State

Hiway 1

 Fishing, airport,
 Hiway 92 to San Mateo

25

 Pidgeon Point State Park

Hiway 1

 Tour the historic lighthouse

20

 Año Nuevo State Park

Hiway 1

 Elephant seal tours,
 a.k.a. "New Years"

-

 San Mateo County Line

16

 Waddell Creek

Hiway 1

 Huge surf, great wind-surfing

15

 Greyhound Rock

Hiway 1

 Surf-fishing spot

12

 Scott Creek Beach

S.C. Bridge

 Great surf,
 descend from the bridge

9

 Davenport

Hiway 1

 Artist's town,
 historical whaling port

8.8

 Davenport Cove

Hiway 1

 Steep trail,
 a.k.a."Shark's Tooth Cove"

8.5

 Panther Beach

Hiway 1

 Great sand, some newdity

8.3

 Hole-in-the-wall

Hiway 1

 Enter from Panther,
 low tide only

8

 Bonny Doon

B. Doon Rd.

 Nood beach, no cameras
 or dogs, day fee

7.5

 Yellowbank Beach

Hiway 1

 Near Sand Hill Bluff

7

 Laguna Creek Beach

Laguna Rd.

 Lagoon, dunes,
 skinny-dippers

6

 Red, White, Blue Beach

Scaroni Rd.

 Nood beach/camping,
 look for the mailbox

4

 Four Mile Beach

Hiway 1

 A.k.a. "Wilder Ranch
 Estates Park", surfing

4

 Wilder Ranch State Park

Hiway 1

 Great for hiking,
 mountain biking

3

 Terrace Point

Shaffer Rd.

 A.K.A. Three-mile beach

2.8

 Long Marine Lab

Shaffer Rd.

 Call for visiting hours

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230 - 550




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The "Beach Finder"
The SANTA CRUZ Beaches

Santa Cruz Surfing Beaches Map
This map is about 4.5 miles wide.
(Shoreline Surf Shop is no longer there.
It has migrated to
Surf City Surf Shop on the wharf.)


  All "Miles" below are referenced from the Santa Cruz Wharf.
  If the "Miles" are underlined in the left-hand column,
  click for aerial photo; hit "back" button to return.
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Miles
Santa Cruz Beaches
Access

 North-to-South
(actually, West-to-East)

2

 Natural Bridges State Beach

Delaware A.

 Bridges collapsed in 1982,
 the sand remains

1.7

 Clothing Optional beach

W.C.D.

 No newdity laws,
 use discretion, low tide only

1.6

 Stockton Ave.

W.C.D.

 Short-boarders

1.5

 Getchell St.

W.C.D.

 Short-boarders

1.4

 Mitchell's Cove

W.C.D.

 No leash beach
 (say that 3 times real fast)

1.2

 Finger Bowl

W.C.D.

 Good boogie-board beach

1.1

 Blow Hole

W.C.D.

 Danger - stay back!

0.9

 It Beach

W.C.D.

 No dog-leash beach
 (it, its = same beach)

0.8

 Lighthouse Point

W.C.D.

 Great view, surfer's museum

0.8

 Lighthouse Field State Beach

W.C.D.

 No dog-leash required

0.8

0.8
0.7
0.6
0.5

 Steamer Lane

The Point
The Slot
Middle Peak
Indicators

W.C.D.

-
-
Pelton Ave.
Indic. Point

 Best local surfing

A.k.a. "Steamers"
-
Outflow,
check bacteria
Indicator Point

0.1

 Cowell's (Dream Inn)

W.C.D.

 Great beginners surfing
 at the WCSC Hotel

0.0
 Santa Cruz Wharf
where
Beach St.
meets
Front St.

 The Ultimate Landmark -
 dine, shop, fish, etc.
 
Surf City Santa Cruz
 Surf Shop - right here !
 Stop by, and say "Hi".

0.1

 Main Beach

125 Beach St.

 Santa Cruz Main Beach

0.2

 Boardwalk Beach

Beach St.

 Great for kids,
 in front of all the rides

0.3

 Rivermouth Beach

Beach St.

 San Lorenzo River

0.6

 Seabright Beach

Seabrite Av.

 A.k.a. Castle Beach,
 the castle is long gone

1.1

 Yacht Harbor
 (7th Ave.)

7th Ave.

 Fishing, drink-up-and-dine
 at the Crow's Nest

1.2

 Twin Lakes State
 (8th Ave.)

E.C.D.

 Great for fires, dogs,
 feeding ducks and geese

1.2

 9th Ave.

E.C.D.

 Get weekend parking
 permit here- the white van

1.3

 Pink House  
 (10th Ave.)

E.C.D.

 Local landmark
 (looks more brown than pink)

1.4

 13th Ave. County Park

E.C.D.

 Where am I sposed to park ?
 (permits at 9th)

1.5

 Lincoln Beach
 (15th Ave.)

E.C.D.

 Good picnic beach

1.6

 Black's Beach
 (16th Ave.)

E.C.D.

 Fish from the rocks,
 but don't slip!

1.8

 Sunny Cove
 (17 Ave.)

17 Ave.

 Best boogie-boarding around

1.9

 Santa Maria's Beach
 (19th Ave.)

E.C.D.

 One must genuflect
 to get good surf here

2.0

 Steacie's Beach
 (20th Ave.)

E.C.D.

 Wild on the 4th of July -
 stash your rockets

2.1

 21st Ave. County Park

E.C.D.

 Where am I sposed to park ?
 (permits at 9th)

2.2

 Corcoran Lagoon

E.C.D.

 Radio tower - good dog beach

2.6

 26th Ave. County Park

26th Ave.

 Stairs washed out in '98
   - popular surf spot

2.8

 Moran County Beach

E.C.D.

 Good dog beach -
 watch for gal in the truck

3.2

 Rockview County Park

E.C.D.

 Fishing for halibut
 & striper when around

3.3

 Wind and Sea

E.C.D.

 Lisa's favorite

4

 Pleasure Point
 (32nd Ave.)

30th Ave.

 Very popular surfing spot -
 great view

4.2

 Sewer Peak

E.C.D.

 Surfing spot,
 also 2nd and 3rd peaks

4.4

 38th Ave. Beach

38th Ave.

 Stairs down to the water

4.5

 Bevy of Beauties Beach

39th Ave.

 Peer over the railing, ...
 'nuff said, enter 38th

4.6

 "The Hook"

41st Ave.

 A.k.a. "41st Ave. Park",
 great for watching surfers

5.2

 Private's
("Key Beach")

Opal C. Dr.

 A.k.a. "key beach",
 "Opal Cliffs"- noodity OK

5.4

 Hooper's Cove

Opal C. Dr.

 They made me
 remove this comment.

5.6

 Northside Beach
 (49th Ave.)

Opal C. Dr.

 Local's beach

5.8

 Capitola Wharf

Wharf Rd.

 Wharf House 476-3534,
 Fishing 462-2208

6

 Capitola City Beach

Bay Ave.

 Great for kids

6.1

 Soquel Creek Lagoon

Bay Ave.

 Zelda's, the esplanade

6.2

 Sewer Plant Beach

Bay Ave.

 A.k.a. Stinky's -
 sheer cliffs to New Brighton

7

 New Brighton State Park

Park Ave.

 Camping,
 most northern point of the Bay

7.3

 Pot Belly Beach

N.B. Road.

Aptos

W.C.D.= West Cliff Drive
E.C.D.= East Cliff Drive
O.C.D. = Opal Cliffs Drive

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The "Beach Finder"
Beaches SOUTH of Santa Cruz

  All "Miles" are referenced from the Santa Cruz Wharf.
  If the "Miles" are underlined in the left-hand column,
  click for aerial photo; hit "back" button to return.
.

Miles
Southern Beaches
Access

 North-to-South

8

 Seacliff State Park

State P. Dr.

 Aptos, best RV beach,
 fire pits, barbeques

8.2

 Cement Ship

State P. Dr.

 Fish from sunken
 SS Palo Alto (1931) and pier

9

 Rio Del Mar Beach

RDM Blvd.

 Quaint, historical huge
 swimming pool, camping

9.3

 Hidden Beach Park

Club H. Dr.

 Hidden Beach Park

9.6

 Beer Can Beach

Club H. Dr.

 I don't suppose
 they drink beer here, eh ?

10

 Seascape Beach

Seascape Bl.

 Pricey, upscale

10.5

 La Selva Beach

San Andreas

 Pricey, upscale

11

 Manresa State Beach

San Andreas

 Long, wide beach,
 walk-in camping

12

 Sand Dollar Beach

San Andreas

 County Park

13

 Sunset State Beach

San Andreas

 Long, wide beach,
 Pine Hollow Campground

14

 Palm Beach State Park

Beach Rd.

 Picnic area, Watsonville

15

 Pajaro Dunes

Beach Rd.

 Lots of sand

-

 Monterey County Line

17

 Zmudowski State Beach

Hiway 1

 o

20

 Moss Landing State Beach

Hiway 1

 Fishing port, PGE stacks
 visible from anywhere

40

 Seaside

Hiway 1

 Good salmon spot
 near old firing range

45

 Monterey

Hiway 1

 Wharf, dining, famous
 aquarium, scuba diving

70

 Big Sur

Hiway 1

 Pfeiffer State Park,
 spectacular views

That's all folks, gotta stop somewhere !

 Thank you for visiting our "Beach Finder" page,
 from
Surf City Santa Cruz Surf Shop.
 (All mis-spellings are intentional, for technical reasons.)
 original ©2000 - Shoreline Surf Shop
 ©2019 - SC-SC-SS (think SuCCeSS)

This SCSCSS "Beach Finder" page was last updated on 2019-09-17.
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150

100

250 - 550