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Lighthouse Field State Beach, Santa Cruz

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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 38acre site was established in 1978.Natural historyLighthouse Field State Beach is a wintering ground for migrating monarch butterflies. Other resident animals include California sea lions and American black swifts.RecreationSteamer Lane is a famous surfing location. Each Christmas the park hosts Santa Cruz's annual "Caroling under the Stars" event.
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  • This is one of the sites in California that the monarch butterflies over-winter. They cluster on the evergreens. Impressive sight. From the (small) surfing museum, face away from the water and follow ...  more »
  • I enjoyed walking along the beach and stopping to watch the surfers catch waves below. The pavement was smooth and even for walking. 
  • Have to agree with many of the review here. West Cliff is amazing, and a great walk. Visit the lighthouse. Go to the pier. But there really isn't a reason to cross the meadow or hang out here.