Beaches

Being located just 10 miles from the beaches of Santa Cruz is just another great part about living Lompico. Our beaches provide something for everyone from desolate, lonely stretches for romantic picnics to the mainstay beaches for volleyball, water sports and checking out the scene. In fact, there are so many beaches to choose from, that it's hard to decide which one to spend your Saturday at. We've tried to make it easier for you to decide by detailing the beaches closest to Lompico.

Capitola Beach
Wharf Road and Cliff Drive
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 475-7300

This beach always gets voted best beach in California. As a result, at least during the summer months, you're more apt to get a whiff of suntan lotion than the sweet smell of seaweed. It's located just south of Santa Cruz along the famous Esplanade in Capitola Village. The beach is marked by the Venetian Hotel, Capitola Wharf and the Capitola river's mouth. Next to the beach is Capitola Village which provides an eclectic mixture of restaurants, shops and nightlife.

Main Beach and Cowell Beach
Beach Street and Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-5270

On both sides of the Santa Cruz Wharf you will find the two most popular beaches in all of Santa Cruz County. On Cowell beach you can learn to surf or stretch out to laze away the day watching sailboats go round the wharf. This is one of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf. On the other side of the wharf is Main beach, which plays host to volleyball games, people watching and the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk.

Lighthouse Field State Beach
701 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-5270

Lighthouse Field State Beach, also known as Dog Beach and Point Santa Cruz, forms the northern boundary of Monterey Bay. It is one of the last open headlands in any California urban area. Surfers, tourists, birds - including the rare black swift - and wintering monarch butterflies are drawn to this area. Sea lions populate the offshore rocks. The lighthouse is home to California's first surfing museum and is the location each Christmas for "Caroling under the Stars," a Santa Cruz tradition which attracts hundreds of locals and visitors. Overlooking the internationally renowned surfing hotspot Steamer Lane, this museum has photographs, surfboards, and other interesting items tracing over 100 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz.

Natural Bridges State Beach
2531 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-4609

This beach is named for its ocean-pounded cliffs offering visitors a close-up look into the unique habitat of marine plants and animals. An expansive tidal pool network is in store for those wishing to explore. Hundreds of miniature aquariums lead you to view the fragile and colorful sea life that abounds here. The shore is backed by a eucalyptus grove, where monarch butterflies arrive by the thousands in the fall. Eucalyptus is the butterflies' main source of food and they cluster in its branches during cold weather. Visit the nature center there and bring your picnic to enjoy overlooking the beach. The park is located on scenic West Cliff Drive just 2.5 miles from the Santa Cruz Wharf.

New Brighton State Beach
1500 Park Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 464-6330

New Brighton State Beach is one of the most popular and most visited state beaches in California. This 93-acre park along the beautiful coast of Santa Cruz offers spectacular views of the Monterey Bay. It is famous for its family-oriented campground which sits on the towering bluffs high above the Pacific Ocean. Beautiful, lush vegetation of towering pine trees, Monterey Cypress, oak, eucalyptus trees, and wild berry vines surround campers with a peaceful tranquility. Surfing, fishing and digging for clams are popular sports here. Once the site of a Chinese fishing village, it now offers locals and visitors a haven from the hectic pace of city life.

Red, White and Blue Beach - Closed to the Public
5021 Coast Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-6332

A red, white and blue mailbox marks the clothing-optional beach just 5.5 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway One. Here you can caste off your woes and is you wish, your clothes as well. This privately owned, nude beach is for day-use but also has overnight facilities.

Seabright State Beach
East Cliff Drive at Seabright Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 429-2850

This is a smart and swinging beach that caters to families, kite flyers, picnickers and the like. The beach has a mile of sandy shoreline and is said to be one of the area's warmest beaches. The park's adjacent Schwann Lake is a good location for bird watching. It is also a great place for a night time bonfire.