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Opal Cliffs

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • Opal Cliffs/Pleasure Point shoreline.- Opal Cliffs
  • The stairs down to the water at Opal Cliffs/Pleasure Point.- Opal Cliffs
  • High vantage point to view surfers and wildlife along Opal Cliffs/Pleasure Point.- Opal Cliffs
  • Beaches below Opal Cliffs.- Opal Cliffs
  • Beaches below Opal Cliffs.- Opal Cliffs
  • Young ripper at Pleasure Point.- Opal Cliffs
  • Wildlife and surfing mix at Pleasure Point.- Opal Cliffs
  • Waters can get crowded here.- Opal Cliffs
  • Opal Cliffs/Pleasure Point.- Opal Cliffs
  • Sailing Monterey Bay.- Opal Cliffs
  • Brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis).- Opal Cliffs
  • A double crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) flys off with a chunk of sea grass.- Opal Cliffs
  • Restrooms are available in the parking lot.- Opal Cliffs
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Free parking. Great views. Wildlife hotspot.
Cons: 
Close to a residential area.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Set along the rocky cliffs of Santa Cruz's east side, Opal Cliffs is an unincorporated community and series of beaches that overlook picturesque Monterey Bay. From the cliff top multiple public stairways provide access to beaches and some of Santa Cruz's popular surfing locations such as The Hook and Pleasure Point. Free parking, dog-friendly beaches, and a good surfing setup attract people from around the region. Crowds and parking can be an issue at times, particularly on weekends.

Opal Cliffs is a great to see an variety of wildlife frequenting the nearshore waters of nutrient-rich Monterey Bay. Pelicans and gulls often fly overhead, sea otters feed amongst the kelp, and gray whale and dolphin sightings are fairly common. Restrooms are located in the parking lot, and picnic tables are also available. Whether you're interested in a low tide walk along the beach, one of the classic surf breaks along the point, or just to enjoy the great view of the Pacific from the cliffs, Opal Cliffs is a nice spot to visit in the Santa Cruz area.

 

 

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