How Many Beaches are In Santa Cruz?

How Many Beaches are In Santa Cruz? Santa Cruz is one of California's most popular beach towns. The coastal and central California location on the shores of Monterey Bay attracts many people who both fall in love and end up moving here or coming back repeatedly to visit. A frequently asked question of people considering a move or visit to Santa Cruz is, "How many beaches does Santa Cruz have? '

The Beaches of Santa Cruz (City)

There are three beaches within the City Limits of Santa Cruz and under the supervision/jurisdiction of the city government in Santa Cruz. More beaches in Santa Cruz are state-owned land. 

Main Beach

Located at 108 Beach St in Santa Cruz

Main Beach is rightly named because it is considered Santa Cruz's main iconic beach. It is the home of the world-famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk and amusement park. Some people refer to it as Boardwalk Beach. It is the most popular of beaches in the City for all of the amenities. the beach offers an expansive sandy area to lay out or leave your things to enjoy the water. Behind the beachy sand area is the famous amusement park, arcade, shops, extensive collection of great boardwalk eats, and a collection of Santa Cruz Restaurants along the boardwalk and on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf.

Cowell Beach

Located at 21 Municipal Wharf

Cowell Beach, or Cowell's is located on the west side of the Santa Cruz Wharf. This portion of Santa Cruz's coastline is slightly quieter with a backdrop of popular hotels and the wharf pier. This is a great spot to hop into a game of beach volleyball or enjoy surfing. Cowell's provides a nice beginner's wave when conditions are ideal. Expert surfers tend to hang out at the neighboring Steamer Lane. Sometimes the water conditions are not ideal so make sure to check if the water is safe to enter before doing so. 

Mitchell's Cove

Located at the iconic West Cliff Drive

Located in West Santa Cruz below the bluff between Woodrow Avenue and Almar Avenue is Mitchell's Cove. There is public parking off of West Cliff and stairs to safely gain access to the beachfront below the cliffs. In the stormy winter season and at times of high tide, there is very little shoreline to utilize. It is a great beach for pet owners because it is off-leash dog-friendly. It is good to note that off-leash hours are limited to before 10 am and after 4 pm. This beach on West Cliff is different from the neighboring state beaches which require that dogs be leashed at all times. 

State Beaches in Santa Cruz

Twin Lakes State Beach

Seabright/Castle State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach

Its Beach

Beaches in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County is home to 29 miles of public beaches on Monterey Bay. Each beach is special for different reasons. Some beaches are city or county beaches, and a large collection are state beaches. No matter how you love to enjoy the beach there is a beach in the County you will come to call your favorite. 

New Brighton State Beach in Capitola

Rio Del Mar State Beach in Aptos

Sunset State Beach in Watsonville

Manresa State Beach in Watsonville

Seacliff State Beach in Aptos

Palm State Beach in Watsonville

Grey Hound Rock County Beach in Davenport

Capitola Beach in Capitola

Waddell Beach in Davenport

Davenport Beach Bluffs in Davenport

Pleasure Point in Live Oak

There are seven great beaches to enjoy in Santa Cruz, three of them are city beaches and four are state land. Make sure you are aware of public parking regulations and the fees for parking at each beach before you go. It is also good to be aware of any pet regulations if you plan to bring a furry family member to the beach. You will find that each beach has its own special features and has become popular for different reasons. Santa Cruz locals all have their personal favorite beach spot in the city or in the county. As you frequent the amazing beaches of Santa Cruz and the County you will find your own favorite place to be and your favorite time to be there. Whether it is a quiet secluded stretch of coastline to yourself or enjoying the lively hustle of a summer day with people watching and the chance to meet a few neighbors. 

For more information about living in Santa Cruz please browse through our blog and community pages on the website. If you are looking for a home in Santa Cruz, I am here to help. I am happy to help you find the area of Santa Cruz County that fits you best and a home that meets your search criteria. Whether you are looking for a home with a Santa Cruz zip code, or a home in the surrounding areas of Santa Cruz and Monterey County. Contact me any time for any greater Santa Cruz area real estate needs. 

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