Santa Cruz County Beaches
Santa Cruz Beaches
A guide to the best Santa Cruz Beaches by type
This beach, right in the middle of Capitola Village is popular with everyone.
Lighthouse Field State Beach
The beach is nice, there's a surfing museum on the clifftop and Steamer Lane is nearby.
Main and Cowell Beach
The stretch of sand between the Boardwalk and the ocean is a popular spot and it's a good place for beach volleyball as well as the nearby amusements. Just past the municipal pier, you'll find its companion, Cowell Beach which is a good place to learn how to surf.
The main attraction here is the old cement ship that's at the end of the pier.
This beautiful beach is a great place for bonfires.
Waddell Creek Beach
One of the best places for wind surfing, kite surfing or just watching.
Santa Cruz County Nude Beaches
Laid-back Santa Cruz has lots of naturist beaches to choose from.
If you've always wanted to learn to surf, Club Ed is the perfect learning vacation.