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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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  • There are 2 areas, one for fleas and one for experienced surfers. Above is a great surfing museum and a wide paved trail for hiking, bicycles, dog walking, etc. Good views of the Boardwalk. Many bench...  more »
  • Another spot in Santa Cruz that you should definitely take time to visit. The park is very clean and well maintained. Easy to park and explore. I enjoyed my time there with the fresh ocean air and sun...  more »
  • 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 »