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Palm State Beach

Palm State Beach: This is a very popular day use beach located in Southern Santa Cruz County. The beach is wide spread and perfect for long walks or a picnic or simple day in the sun. Fishing and swimming are popular activities at Palm Beach and there are picnic tables in the day use area. Dogs are welcomed on the beach, but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Climate: The weather conditions do tend to change, more often during the winter months so layered clothing is strongly recommended. Sometimes this beach is noted for its strong offshore breezes.

Open Daily: 6 am to ½ hour after sunset
Fees: $6.00 day-use parking fee.
Telephone: 831-763-7063

  • Picnic tables
  • Barbecues
  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Food, lodging and supplies are available nearby

Local Flavors: While this beach is on the outskirts of Santa Cruz, technically in Watsonville, it is a very short distance to either Santa Cruz or Capitola where one can enjoy various beach community life. There is plenty of shopping, good dining throughout Santa Cruz County, but a greater selection will be found in Santa Cruz.

Other Attractions:
  • Santa Cruz Wharf
  • Beach Boardwalk and Amusement Park/Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
  • Santa Cruz Lighthouse Museum
  • Steamer Lane/World famous surfing spot
  • Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
  • The Mystery Spot
  • University of California at Santa Cruz

by: Carla Iacovetti
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