Santa Cruz Beaches
Located six miles north of Santa Cruz, this 'Clothing Optional' beach sits on private land and visitors can cook, play and park their cars in the nude. Whale watching, volleyball and overnight camping are available.
Twin Lakes is a warm beach at the entrance to Schwann Lagoon. Recreation opportunities include basketball and tennis courts and pirate ship playground. Birdwatching is popular and restrooms and outdoor showers are on-site.
This dog-friendly beach is located south of Santa Cruz Boardwalk and is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Fire rings are available for beach bonfires.
Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
Harbor Beach sits next to the Harbor and is close to restaurants, shops and caharter boats. Beach volleyball provides popular entertainment.
Open sunrise to sunset, Cowell Beach offers a great sand beach, surfing and swimming and areas for beach volleyball.