Santa Cruz County beaches offer the perfect setting for seaside fun. Whether you enjoy surfing, playing beach volleyball, or hiking along the coastal bluffs, our beaches offer something for everyone. Looking for a dog-friendly beach, a place to picnic with the kids, or the perfect place for a romantic sunset stroll? From dramatic windswept cliffs to the charming ambiance of a picturesque seaside town, you're sure to find one of these California beaches in Santa Cruz County to be unforgettable. Check out our complete list of Santa Cruz County beaches below, or see a list of the best beaches for your favorite activity! Read more...
Access with tickets only Dec.15 - Mar 31: Naturalist-led tours venture into elephant seal breeding rookery Dec. 15 - Mar. 31. For reservations call 800.444.4445. April 1 - Nov 30, self-guided access by permit only (avail. at park). Seals present year-round.
Mitchell's Cove Beach is a beautiful city beach right off of West Cliff Drive. The beach is dog friendly with off leash hours before 10am and after 4pm daily.
Stained glass windows & over-sized spas available.
Across from beach & wharf, beautiful gardens.
Delicious desserts, pastries, salads, sandwiches & more
Kayak tours & rentals daily, beginners welcome!
Find the best beach for a variety of activities!