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Palm Beach State Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • A strip of beach connects Palm Beach State Park with the larger Sunset State Beach.- Palm Beach State Park
  • A grove of eucalyptus trees stands near the park entrance.- Palm Beach State Park
  • A picnic area in the eucalyptus grove in Palm Beach State Park.- Palm Beach State Park
  • Day use ammenities include picnic tables and barbeque pit.- Palm Beach State Park
  • Clean restrooms at Palm Beach State Park.- Palm Beach State Park
  • Beach access through the sea fig patches.- Palm Beach State Park
  • Pajaro Dune Resort separates Palm Beach State Park from Sunset State Beach.- Palm Beach State Park
  • Palm Beach State Park is a popular beach when the weather is fair.- Palm Beach State Park
  • Pelicans patrol the surf.- Palm Beach State Park
  • Palm Beach State Park has an ideal beach for children.- Palm Beach State Park
  • The lifeguard tower, Palm Beach State Park.- Palm Beach State Park
  • Fire pits at Palm Beach State Park.- Palm Beach State Park
  • A great view- Palm Beach State Park
  • Unknown species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Palm Beach State Park
  • Sea Fig (Carpobrotus chilensis).- Palm Beach State Park
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Pros: 
Low congestion. Short drive.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The pleasant smell of eucalyptus trees greets you when you reach Palm Beach State Park. Just a short drive out of Watsonville, this quick getaway has day use amenities that include a small picnic area, barbecues, and clean restrooms. The easy beach access is the prime feature, however, just a short walk up and over the sand dunes. 

Because if its proximity to Pajaro Dunes Resort, which separates Palm Beach State Park from Sunset State Beach, this beach tends to remain clean. The beach is generally less crowded than some of its neighbors, which means that parking is easy and you won't have any trouble finding some space on the sand. Of course, even the less popular beaches tend to fill during peak seasons or on holidays, so you may need to plan around crowds on heavy-use days. Keep an eye out for patches of sea figs and other wildflowers here as well as abundant wildlife. Dogs are allowed on the beach, and fire pits are available.

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