Platforms Beach

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Platforms Beach


  • Located directly across the street from a residential neighborhood.- Platforms Beach
  • Fire pits are available at Platforms Beach.- Platforms Beach
  • Platform Beach has plenty of room to relax.- Platforms Beach
  • The beach is dog friendly.- Platforms Beach
  • Driftwood at Platforms Beach.- Platforms Beach
  • Easy access to Platform Beach.- Platforms Beach
  • Clean restrooms at Platform Beach.- Platforms Beach
  • Unidentifed species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Platforms Beach
  • Sea fig (Carpobrotus chilensis).- Platforms Beach
Overview + Weather
Low congestion. Short drive.
Close to a residential area.
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description


If crowds at Seacliff and Rio Del Mar State Beach are getting you down, just continue down Beach Street to find the small and enjoyable Platforms Beach. The parking can be a challenge because the area is largely residential, though you may find free parking below some eucalyptus trees; otherwise, you'll have to pay to park in the designated area. The beach has clean restrooms and a foot shower. There are relatively few fire pits on the beach, so be sure to grab one early if you plan to enjoy a fire later in the day. A long stretch of beach extends to Rio Del Mar State Beach, so finding your own space is never an issue. The stretch of coast between Platforms and New Brighton State Beach is excellent for watching passing wildlife. You are almost guaranteed to see seagulls, pelicans, and sea lions throughout the year; however, the area is also a great bet for gray whale sightings during the spring and early summer migrations.


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