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Laguna Creek Beach

LAGUNA CREEK BEACH: Laguna Creek Beach has wonderful dunes and is a great beach for bird watching, surfing or enjoying a nice picnic or a simple walk. Nude bathing is allowed, but usually it is at one end of the beach or another. While nudity may be allowed, it is strongly advised that the laws of California are understood, because the fines for such bathing can be steep.

ACCESS: Drive North on Hwy 1 from Santa Cruz. At the corner of Hwy 1 and Laguna Road, walk across the highway and onto a dirt trail. Walk about .5 to the beach. It is about a 15-30mn walk. While this is a public beach, it is more difficult to find and the access is not easy. Because of the accessibility, crowds are unlikely and almost null during the week.

CLIMATE: Typically, moderate with rain and some marine layers during the winter months and layered clothing is recommended.

ACTIVITIES: Hiking, walking, bird watching, surfing, nude bathing allowed.

LOCAL FLAVOR: Santa Cruz offers an array of things to do beside beachcombing. Home of the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a year-round amusement park loaded with arcade games, fast food, a wonderful roller coaster guaranteed to give you a thrill and a view from the top! The boardwalk is located at the Santa Cruz Wharf/pier, which is an historic site. The Mystery Spot is another popular tourist attraction, where gravity is defined and curiosity runs ramped. Downtown Santa Cruz has been completely renovated and it is guaranteed to provide a wide variety of shopping to the consumer. If you are not in the mood for the beach, the Santa Cruz Mountains are literally moments away. The smell of coastal redwoods and pine trees are intoxicating!

  • Santa Cruz Mission
  • University of California at Santa Cruz
  • Memorial Lighthouse Museum
  • Surfers Museum
  • Pasatiempo Golf Club
  • Aptos Village/Aptos
  • Capitola Village/Capitola
  • Long Marine Laboratory
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

by: Carla Iacovetti
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