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Pleasure Point

Santa Cruz

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • Pleasure Point picnic tables overlooking the top of the cliff face.- Pleasure Point
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  • The waves can get crowded at times surfing at Pleasure Point.- Pleasure Point
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views of Monterey Bay. Wildlife. Fantastic surf.
Cons: 
None.
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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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Adventure Description

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The city of Santa Cruz was changed forever once Hawaiians brought surfing here in 1885. For the locals and the thousands who travel here, this water sport is an important part of daily life. There are many places in the area to surf, but there are a few that are considered world-renowned. Opal Cliffs, commonly known as The Hook, The Lane at Lighthouse Field State Beach, and Pleasure Point are just a few that are easily accessible from Santa Cruz.

Pleasure Point sets off of a cliff overlooking the bay; it is a great spot to watch the waves, and sunrises and sunsets are stellar from this location. The beach is only accessible during the low tide, so checking the tide chart before you come here is a good idea. 

Parking is off street, and if the waves are good you can expect a lot of traffic here, so parking may be difficult. A few picnic tables are set along the cliff rail and make an ideal location to relax and enjoy the ocean view. During whale migration, this is also a good spot to post up with a pair of binoculars or camera.

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