Bonny Doon Beach

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Bonny Doon Beach

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  • Parking for Boggy Doon Beach.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • The beach access trail from the parking area.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • You have to cross this railroad to access Bonny Doon Beach.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • The view from the access trail to Bonny Doon Beach.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • The access trail to Bonny Doon Beach.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • A marshy area formed by Liddell Creek.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • Cliffs at Bonny Doon Beach.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • The small cove at Bonny Doon Beach. - Bonny Doon Beach
  • Bonny Doon Beach at low tide.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • Bonny Doon Beach.- Bonny Doon Beach
  • Bonny Doon Beach. - Bonny Doon Beach
  • Rock formations at Bonny Doon Beach. - Bonny Doon Beach
  • Rock formations at Bonny Doon Beach. - Bonny Doon Beach
  • Rock formations at Bonny Doon Beach. - Bonny Doon Beach
  • A full moon shows up over Bonny Doon Beach.- Bonny Doon Beach
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Interesting rock formations. Close to Santa Cruz.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Beach:
Open, sandy beach, Rocky Shore
Tide pools: 
No
Wildlife: Seabirds

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Bonny Doon is a clothing-optional beach located between Davenport and Santa Cruz California. This beautiful beach sits in a natural cove towered by seaside cliffs with many unique rock formations along the shoreline. Liddell Creek flows onto this beach as it makes it's way to the ocean. This creek can be seen flowing out of the cliff face to make a little pond of vegetation. This wide open beach is divided by the rock formations where people who choose to sunbathe nude can have privacy from the visitors who do not. 

Getting here is a 10-minute drive out of Santa Cruz, and parking is off of Highway 1 across from Bonny Doon Road. A short walk from the parking lot across the railroad track and you're there. From the tracks, head left for an easy walk down, or take a right where some easy climbing is involved. This is a great location to catch a classic California sunset!

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