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. The park is free to visit year-round, and offers walking trails, wildlife viewing, picnic areas, public restrooms, and outdoor showers.
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  • Still undeveloped in a prime real estate region of Santa Cruz. Come during the winter months to see the thousands of Monarch butterflies and then walk 5 minutes to W. Cliff Dr. to see world class surf...  more »
  • Once you're parked to see the museum / lighthouse, walk across the street to wander a bit around the wild field.  more »
  • I go to conferences all around the world, and it was once proposed to build a world class facility on this large piece of open land, called Lighthouse Field. It was turned into a park, and will mow re...  more »
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