Beach Day at Lighthouse Field State Beach

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Beautiful, less crowded beach in Santa Cruz, perfect for relaxing.

This beach is less crowded compared to other beaches in Santa Cruz.  I got there early on a Saturday and found easy street parking.  There was plenty of space to spread out on the soft sand.  Later in the day I saw dolphins several times! 

This is close to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.  It’s also not too far from the boardwalk.  Expect to see Monarch butterflies if you come in the winter as it’s one of the places along the coast that they come to winter.  

This is a dog friendly beach.

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Lighthouse

A standard beach, but is cool cause it has a lighthouse.

Great for beach days

Great beach for a beach day. If you go during the pandemic, please be mindful of others and wear a mask.

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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