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Lighthouse Field State Beach, Santa Cruz

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
2.2/5 based on 25 reviews on the web
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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  • 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. 
  • One of the few dog friendly beaches [during specific hours, so check that]. It is such fun to watch the off leash dogs romping in the surf and chasing a ball on the beach. Additionally, the setting is...  read more »
  • This used to be a beautiful walk. Dogs were allowed and messes were cleaned up. However, there is currently a dog ban. Homeless have taken over and messes are no longer cleaned up. Very sad for the ci...  read more »
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