All Photos below by Garrick Ramirez
As the 30th anniversary of The Lost Boys approaches, Visit Santa Cruz County is bringing a little nostalgia to the beach this summer. A new locations map outlines where key scenes were filmed some three decades ago, enabling fans of the cult classic movie to relive their teenage vampire fantasies (in a family-friendly way) while experiencing Santa Cruz County with a new perspective.
The map features nine locations throughout the area where key scenes were filmed and you can download it now for free! Check out the locations below and get ready to explore! Be sure to tag #VisitSantaCruz and #SantaCruzNow when you're here.
West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
The film opening scenes from the film introduces the audience to “Santa Carla”.
Day’s Market, 526 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz
A friendly whale once protruded from the side wall of this Seabright neighborhood shop.
Looff Carousel – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
The 1911 Looff Carousel is a hand-carved merry-go-round and a National Historic Landmark. This sweet ride was the setting in the film when a dustup occurred when David, played by Keifer Sutherland and his followers confront the new out-of-towners.
Stairs at the Boardwalk Colonnade
The motorcycle race scene starts here, down the beach between Jason Patrick and the vampire crew.
Scenic view of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – Seabright neighborhood
Sometimes referred to as Cliff Drive Vista Point, this diminutive park in Seabright is the setting for one of the most picturesque views of the Boardwalk.
Comic Book Shop (now Atlantis Fantasyworld), 1020 Cedar Street, Downtown Santa Cruz
The original shop was located on Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz, however in the film it was made to look like it was on the Boardwalk. Stop in and take a look at its current location and say hello to owner Joe Ferrara, who played an extra in the movie!
Santa Cruz Wharf, Santa Cruz
The location of Max’s Video Store in the movie, and current home of the Bay Company. This iconic, pedestrian-friendly wharf celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014 and is lined with shops and restaurants.
Pogonip Park, 333 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz
This picturesque spot is popular with hikers and features over nine miles of trails and remnants of a lime kiln. A multi-use trail provides a connection between Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Pogonip, and UC Santa Cruz’ upper campus.
Trestle Bridge, Santa Cruz
The railroad trestle bridge featured in the movie is located in southern California. However, because the “trestle bridge” in Santa Cruz is so popular we’ve included it here for the total fan experience. Built in the 1800s, the bridge measures 332 feet long. A pedestrian walkway makes crossing easy, but be sure to stay off the tracks – and watch out for hanging vampires!