Santa Cruz, California

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Santa Cruz, California, USA

Recreation in Santa Cruz, California

State Parks

  • Natural Bridges State Beach
    831-423-4609, A day-use only beach that is known its famous natural bridge. Docent-led butterfly, tidepool, and nature trail tours are available. more info

Recreation Areas

  • Moran Lake Park
    Located at East Cliff Drive & Lake Avenue
    831-462-8333, This 9.2 acre regional park offers beach access, picnicking, surfing, and fishing. Open sunrise to sunset. more info


  • Boardwalk Bowl
    115 Cliff Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    831-426-3324, This state-of-the-art bowling center includes a restaurant, bar, and pro shop. Available for birthday parties and "Atomic Bowling." more info  map


  • Santa Cruz Sportfishing
    P. O. Box 5235, Santa Cruz, CA 95063
    Located at Upper Santa Cruz Harbor, Dock H
    831-426-4690, This company provides charter fishing and whale watching cruises aboard a 50 foot Delta boat. Private charters are also available. more info

  • Stagnaros Sport Fishing
    P.O. Box 1340, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
    Located at Santa Cruz Wharf
    831-427-2334, This historic landmark business offers something for everyone including fishing trips, scenic bay cruises, whale watching, and more. Private party charters are... more info


  • De Laveaga Disc Golf Course
    Located in De Laveaga Park
    831-423-7217, Considered one of the best disc golf courses in the world, De Laveaga features 27 challenging holes and it is home to the "Master's Cup" Pro-Am Tournament each April. more info

  • De Laveaga Golf Shop & Driving Range
    401 Upper Park Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
    831-423-7212, This public 18 hole championship golf course includes a restaurant, cocktail lounge, and a night lighted driving range. more info  map

  • Pasatiempo Golf Club
    20 Clubhouse Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    831-459-9155, Many of the holes offer spectacular views of nearby Monterey Bay. Pasatiempo is an ideal destination to access Golf Digest's top three courses you can play in... more info  map

Hiking & Climbing

  • Pacific Edge Climbing Gym
    104 Bronson Street, Suite 12, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    831-454-9254, One of the largest rock gyms in the world offering indoor climbing at its finest. Classes available for ages 6 and up. more info  map


  • Cowell Beach
    101 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    831-420-6014, Sun worshippers can play volleyball or stroll along this sandy beach. Open sunrise to sunset. more info  map

  • Pleasure Point Inn
    2-3665 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    831-469-6161, Open daily from sunrise to sunset, this coastal access point is a popular Santa Cruz surfing spot. more info  map

  • Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
    135 Fifth Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Located at East Cliff Drive
    831-475-6161, Adjacent to the Santa Cruz Harbor, this beach provides volleyball activities and is within easy walking distance of restaurants and shops. Open sunrise to sunset. more info  map

  • Seabright/Castle Beach
    Located at East Cliff Drive at Seabright Avenue
    831-429-2850, A long sandy beach between the Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Harbor with fire rings available. Open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. more info

  • Twin Lakes State Beach
    Located at East Cliff Drive at Seventh Avenue
    831-429-2850, Situated at the entrance of Schwann Lagoon, this is one of the area's warmest beaches, with outdoor showers and restrooms provided. more info

Miscellaneous Activities

  • Surf School Santa Cruz
    130 34th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
    831-428-3647, Bud Freitas grew up surfing in Santa Cruz county and has a vast amount of local knowledge in the Santa Cruz area to facilitate your santa cruz surf lessons from Surf... more info  map


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