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east cliff coastal Access points

12th Ave. to 41st Ave., Live Oak, Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com All of the points offer beach access from various locations along East Cliff Drive. Open daily, sunrise to sunset.

Seacliff State Beach

Greyhound rock Beach

Hwy. 1 North of Davenport, Santa Cruz County Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com Park offers coastal access, fishing, tidal pools, nature trails and family picnic area. Open sunrise to sunset.

201 State Park Dr., Aptos, Phone: 800.444.7275 (Reservations) www.santacruzstateparks.org This long stretch of sand has great accessible facilities including picnic areas, an interpretive center and RV camping. Day-use fee. Camping reservations suggested year-round. Open daily 8am - sunset.

two backpacking camps and some equestrian trails. No dogs. Open 6am to sunset.

Depot park

Sunset State Beach

119 Center St., Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.420.5270 www.santacruzparksandrec.com Large plaza area, children’s playground, synthetic turf soccer/athletic field. Open daily, sunrise to sunset, soccer field open 9am - sunset unless reserved.

main Beach/cowell Beach

Beach Street, Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.420.5270 www.santacruzparksandrec.com Santa Cruz invites sun worshippers to play volleyball, swim, surf or stroll along the sandy beach. Lifeguards in summer. Portions availble to rent for casual weddings, corporate beach parties. Open sunrise to 10pm.

201 Sunset Beach Road, Watsonville, Phone: 831.763.7063, 800.444.7275 (Reservations) www.santacruzstateparks.org Tent and RV camping - no RV hookups. Day use restrooms, picnic tables, BBQs, outdoor showers. Use fees - selfregistration every day. Day use open daily 8am to 1/2 hour after sunset. Campground open year-round (reservations recommended).

Derby park

Woodland Way, Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.420.5270 www.santacruzparksandrec.com One of the nation’s oldest public skate parks, open turf area, picnic area with BBQ’s, play equipment, and tennis courts. Open daily, sunrise to sunset.

twin lakes State Beach

manresa State Beach

1445 San Andreas Road, Watsonville, Phone: 831.724.3750 www.santacruzstateparks.org Enjoy the surf, sand and sun. Restrooms, outdoor showers available. Parking fees – self-registration every day. Open 8am to 1/2 hour after sunset.

East Cliff Dr. at 7th Ave., Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.427.4868 www.santacruzstateparks.org One of the area’s warmest beaches. Good location for birdwatching. Outdoor showers and restrooms are available. Open daily 6am - 10pm.

elkhorn Slough national estuarine research reserve

waddell creek/rancho del oso State Beach

1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, Phone: 831.728.2822 www.elkhornslough.org Visitor center and five miles of trails through oak woodlands, grasslands, fresh and saltwater marshes, seasonal wildlife. Open Wed. - Sun. 9am - 5pm, Tours: Sat. & Sun. 10am, 1pm.

manresa State Beach - uplands

205 Manresa Uplands Road, Watsonville Phone: 831.761.1795, 800.444.7275 (Reservations) www.santacruzstateparks.org This beautiful expanse of sea and sand offers surf fishing, surfing and other beach recreation. Walk-in tent camping, day-use restrooms. Day use open daily 8am - 1/2 hour after sunset. Campground open May 15 - Oct. 31.

Hwy. 1, eight miles north of Davenport, Santa Cruz County, Phone: 831.425.1218 www.santacruzstateparks.org Windy beach precludes sunbathing much of the year but attracts surfers, hang gliders, windsurfers and tidepool explorers. Spectacular cliffs, Nature Center. Open sunrise to sunset.

fall creek State park

1400 Felton Empire Road, Felton, Phone: 831.335.4598, 831.335.7077 www.santacruzstateparks.org Heavily forested 2,400-acre park has historic lime kiln, barrel mill remnants and 20 miles of hiking trails. Open sunrise to sunset.

Parks & Reserves
Anna Jean cummings park Año nuevo State reserve

felton covered Bridge park

moran lake park

2700 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com This 9.2 acre regional park provides beach access, picnicking, surfing and fishing. Open sunrise to sunset.

461 Old San Jose Road, Soquel, Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com Community park with grand playground, group picnic area, soccer, baseball fields and a unique public art installation. Open sunrise to sunset or by reservation. Located north of Davenport, off Hwy 1, Davenport, Phone: 650.879.2025 www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=523 Naturalist-led tours venture into elephant seal breeding rookery Dec. 15 - Mar. 31. For reservations call 800.444.4445. Seals present year-round. Access by permit. Open daily 8am - sunset.

Graham Hill Rd. and Mt. Hermon Rd., Felton Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com A California State Historical Landmark. This park offers volleyball, picnic area with barbecue and playground. Open sunrise to sunset.

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the forest of nisene marks State park

natural Bridges State Beach

2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.423.4609 www.santacruzstateparks.org Monarch butterflies Oct. - Jan. Visitor Center. Beach has lowtide tidepools and a natural arch. Open 8am to sunset.

Aptos Creek Road, Aptos, Phone: 831.763.7063 www.santacruzstateparks.org 10,000 acres of undeveloped second-growth redwood forest offers 30 miles of trails. Several picnic areas. Parking fees – self-registration every day. Open daily 6am to sunset.

harvey west park

new Brighton State Beach

1500 Park Avenue, Capitola, Phone: 831.464.6329 Reservations: 800.444.7275 www.santacruzstateparks.org Beach and campground open all year. Day-use fee $10. Campsites $35-$50. Camping by reservation only. Visitor Center. Open daily, 8am - sunset.

Aptos Village county park

palm State Beach

2660 Beach Road, Watsonville, Phone: 831.763.7063 www.santacruzstateparks.org Picnic tables, BBQs, restrooms, outdoor showers. Parking fees - self-registration every day. Open daily 8am - 1/2 hour after sunset.

100 Aptos Creek Rd., Aptos, Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com Creekside park perfect for weddings, receptions, business picnics, private parties or meetings. Open sunrise to sunset or by reservation.

300 Evergreen Street, Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.420.5270 www.santacruzparksandrec.com A park for the whole family. Picnic tables, banquet/meeting facilities and play equipment. Hiking trails, athletic fields. Open daily 9am - sunset.

henry cowell redwoods State park

Ben lomond park

pleasure point Beach

9525 Mill Street, Ben Lomond, Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com A historical riverside park with picnic area, playground, basketball court and nature area. Open sunrise to sunset.

101 N. Big Trees Park Road, Felton, Phone: 831.335.7077, 800.444.7275 (Reservations) www.santacruzstateparks.org Self-guided trails, picnic areas, nature center and bookstore on site. Campground is off Graham Hill Road.

highlands county park

East Cliff Dr. and Pleasure Point Dr., Santa Cruz Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com This coastal access point is a popular Santa Cruz surf spot. Open sunrise to sunset.

Big Basin redwoods State park

rio Del mar Beach

Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, Phone: 831.685.6500 www.santacruzstateparks.org A wide strip of clean sand. Nearby shopping and restaurants. Dogs allowed on leashes. Lifeguards in the summer. Day-use fee for platform area. Open 8am to sunset.

21600 Big Basin Hwy, Boulder Creek Phone: 831.338.8860, 800.444.7275 (Camping reservations) www.santacruzstateparks.org Features 2,000 year-old redwoods over 80 miles of trails. Guided walks available. Leashed dogs allowed on paved roads only. Open sunrise to sunset. 225 Sudden Street, Watsonville, Phone: 831.728.6084, 831.768.3240 www.watsonvillerec.com Park includes playgrounds for toddlers and school-age kids, tennis and basketball courts, lawn area.

8500 Hwy 9, Ben Lomond, Phone: 831.454.7956 www.scparks.com Something for everyone in a creekside setting; popular wedding facility, group picnic sites, sports fields and tennis. Open sunrise to sunset or by reservation.

Jade Street park/capitola community center

callaghan park

4400 Jade Street, Capitola, Phone: 831.475.5935 www.capitolarecreation.com Community Center offering recreation classes. Park has tennis courts, softball and soccer fields. Community garden. Park open 6am - sunset.

Santa cruz harbor Beach

Ken wormhoudt Skate park at mike fox park

5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.475.6161 www.santacruzharbor.org Harbor Beach is a beautiful beach adjacent to Santa Cruz Harbor and Twin Lakes State Beach. It has volleyball courts, catamaran storage and restaurants and shops located nearby. Harbor office open daily 9am - 5pm.

camp evers fishing park

Seabright Beach

1/2 mi. from Mt. Hermon Rd. on Glen Canyon Rd., Scotts Valley, Phone: 831.438.3251 www.scottsvalley.org Ideal fishing hole for young people. Stocked with trout. Free seasonal fishing May-September for 15 years and under. Open from dawn to 1/2 hour past dusk.

225 San Lorenzo Blvd., Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.420.5270 www.santacruzparksandrec.com Full pipe, 2 bowls, street course with steps, hubba ledges, wall rides and metal rails. Helmets & safety gear required. Open daily, 9am - sunset.

lighthouse point

East Cliff Dr. at Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz Phone: 831.427.4868 www.santacruzstateparks.org A long sandy beach between the Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Harbor. Fire rings available. Dogs permitted on leashes. Restrooms and outdoor showers. Open daily 6am - 10pm.

castle rock State park

15000 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, Phone: 408.867.2952, 831.335.6324 www.santacruzstateparks.org Features 5,242 acres of parkland, 35 miles of hiking trails,

West Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, Phone: 831.420.5270 www.santacruzparksandrec.com The Point features a surfing museum in a lighthouse and is the location of Steamer Lane, the county’s most famous surfing spot. Lawn available to rent for weddings and other outdoor ceremonies. Open daily, sunrise - sunset.

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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Contents
Welcome to Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz
Your Wildlife Watching Destination
Field to Table
Locally Made
From the Mountains to the Sea
Culture and Creativity
201163 Events Calendar
Maps
A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Monterey Bay
Galleries and Museums
Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
San Lorenzo Valley
Scotts Valley
Capitola and Soquel
Pleasure Point
Aptos
Davenport
Restaurant Guide
Lodging Guide
Visitor Activities
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Welcome to Santa Cruz County
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Locally Made
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - From the Mountains to the Sea
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Culture and Creativity
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - 201163 Events Calendar
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Maps
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - A Wine Lover’s Paradise
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Monterey Bay
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Galleries and Museums
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - San Lorenzo Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Scotts Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Capitola and Soquel
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pleasure Point
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Aptos
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Davenport
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Lodging Guide
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