Cowell Beach

Santa Cruz

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

Start Exploring
Cowell Beach

Share:

Advertisement
  • Cowell Beach.- Cowell Beach
  • Beach access.- Cowell Beach
  • The Santa Cruz Wharf from Cowell Beach- Cowell Beach
  • The Santa Cruz Wharf from Cowell Beach.- Cowell Beach
  • Development abuts Cowell Beach.- Cowell Beach
  • A curious seal takes a look at things near Cowell Beach.- Cowell Beach
  • Low tide at Cowell Beach.- Cowell Beach
  • The distinctive sculpture near the wharf at Cowell Beach.- Cowell Beach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy access. Sheltered beach. Surfing
Cons: 
None.
Advertisement
Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Sponsored Contributor

Located right next to the Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk, this beach is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Cowell Beach is a popular surfing spot as well. If the surf is up, you can expect to see dozens of wetsuits dotting the ocean waiting for the next wave. The shoreline is sandy and stretches along the cliff face where West Cliff starts. Some amazing sunrises and sunsets can be seen from here also.

Wildlife can be abundant here at times, and to get a better view just walk down the wharf. There are always sea lions coming to and from the wharf, and you may see an occasional sea otter. Gray whales can be seen from the far end of the wharf during migration season, and there are always plenty of sea birds hanging around. 

Parking can be a little tricky here at times. If this small parking lot is full, try your luck along Beach Street or on the wharf and walk in. A few restaurants and bars are within walking distance from here as well.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(18 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(109 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
7 Members
Who's Done It
18 Members
Submission by
Sponsored Contributor
163 Adventures Explored
140 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info