Lighthouse Field State Beach, Santa Cruz

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Lighthouse Field State Beach is a protected beach in the state park system of California, United States. It is located in the city of Santa Cruz at the north end of Monterey Bay. The beach overlooks the Steamer Lane surfing hotspot. It also contains the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, housed in a 1967 lighthouse. The 38-acre (15 ha) site was established in 1978.
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  • This was the first beach during our visit to Santa Cruz that had no restrictions for dogs. Getting to the beach was down a steep set of stairs and in some spots the stairs narrowed, only allowing one....  more »
  • We went to Lighthouse Field State Beach. There is a good size parking lot across from the beach. The scenic views are awesome. This is very close to the lighthouse/surf museum, Thus the name. We.....  more »
  • This place is magical! Amazing world class waves at Steamer Lane, a boardwalk to walk, bike, or run on, or just watch the surfers. Be careful on the other side of of the guard rail, sneaker waves come out of no where and kill people every year. At the lighthouse in the afternoon there can be music playing and friendly locals dancing. Also there is some grass in front of the lighthouse to stretch have a picnic, or play on. All around great place to check out!
  • Dog friendly. Little crowded but not to bad.
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