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Find Your Perfect Beach

Find Your Perfect Beach

 

Santa Cruz County's 29 miles of sun-splashed, fun-filled beaches offer something for everyone. From dramatic windswept cliffs to the wide expanses of sand and sea, you're sure to find your sweet spot on the sand. Here are a few recommendations to help find the perfect beach for any activity:

 


Campfires:

Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz
Seabright/Castle State Beach, Santa Cruz
New Brighton State Beach, Capitola
Rio del Mar State Beach, Aptos
Sunset State Beach, Watsonville
Manresa State Beach, Watsonville


Camping:

Sunset State Beach, Watsonville
New Brighton State Beach, Capitola
Seacliff State Beach, Aptos (RV camping only)


Dogs (on leash):

Its Beach, Santa Cruz (before 10am and after 4pm)
Seacliff State Beach, Aptos
Rio del Mar State Beach, Aptos
New Brighton State Beach, Capitola
Manresa State Beach, Watsonville
Palm State Beach, Watsonville
Seabright State Beach, Santa Cruz
Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz


Fishing:

Seacliff State Beach, Aptos
Grey Hound Rock County Beach, Davenport


Families:

Main Beach, Santa Cruz
Capitola Beach, Capitola
Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz
Seacliff State Beach, Aptos


Kayaking:

Capitola Beach, Capitola


Kiteboarding:

Waddell Beach, Davenport


Learning to surf:

Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz


People watching:

Main Beach, Santa Cruz


Picnicking:

Seacliff State Beach, Aptos


Romantic sunsets:

Bluffs above Seacliff Beach, Aptos
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
Sunset State Beach, Watsonville


Scenic drives:

West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz


Surfing:

Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz
Pleasure Point, Santa Cruz
Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz


Swimming:

Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz


Volleyball:

Main Beach, Santa Cruz
Capitola Beach, Capitola


Walking/running:

Any of the beaches in Aptos or Watsonville
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz


Whale watching:

Davenport Beach (bluffs), Davenport


Windsurfing:

Waddell Beach, Davenport

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