Pleasure Point: Chasing an Authentic Surf Vibe
The small surf community of Pleasure Point is located in an unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County, nestled between Moran Lagoon and 41st Avenue, adjacent to the Monterey Bay. Nearly a dozen famous surf breaks make this an ideal destination for skilled surfers. It’s a classic beachside town and the genesis of surf culture in Santa Cruz – home to wetsuit pioneer Jack O’Neill – where locals mix effortlessly with visitors eager to capture that authentic surf vibe.
Stay dry and hang loose at Pleasure Point Park, where longtime surfers compare stories from the day.
Check out the skim boarders at 26th Avenue Beach, the perfect spot to glide across the water’s surface.
For visitors inspired to visit an area because of its setting in a movie, Pleasure Point was one of the settings for Chasing Mavericks, a feature film which tells the true story of local surfer Jay Moriarty, starring actor Gerard Butler. Filming locations included East Cliff Drive, Pleasure Point Park and on the legendary waves, among others. Download a movie map.
Pleasure Point Top Five
Walk the path above Pleasure Point Beach. Kick back and relax on a bluff side bench and watch as talented tube riders shoot the curl.
Soak up some of Pleasure Point’s flavor by browsing through surf shops where boards are not only functional but works of art, crafted by local surfboard shapers.
Look for the small plaque at Pleasure Point Park, at the corner of Pleasure Point Drive and East Cliff Drive, which pays homage to the historic Pleasure Point Night Fighters.
See if you can find Pleasure Point’s signature surf spots: "O'Neill's", "once in a whiles", 38th Avenue, The Drain Pipe, The Hook, Shark's Cove, Privates and Trees.
Unwind as you dine, as Pleasure Point’s laid-back cafes and quaint bistros dot the area and offer plenty of ways to satisfy cravings in a range of settings.