Seabright Beach

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Seabright Beach


  • A unique welcome sign greets visitors to Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • On top of the rock wall that seperates Seabright Beach from the Boardwalk Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • A mix of sand and beach vegetation at Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • The path connecting beaches.- Seabright Beach
  • Fire pits are available at Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • A view of the lighthouse at Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • The dedication on the door of the lighthouse on Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • Dogs are allowed on Seabright Beach, just be sure to clean up after them.- Seabright Beach
  • Restrooms at Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • A great view of Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • Sand Verbena (Abronia latifolia).- Seabright Beach
  • Ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis).- Seabright Beach
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Seabright Beach
  • Statice (Limonium).- Seabright Beach
  • The harbor at Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • Stand-up paddleboarding is common in the harbor.- Seabright Beach
  • Waves crash into the riprap at Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
  • A beach volleyball player enjoying the last moments of the day.- Seabright Beach
  • The Santa Cruz Wharf at sunset.- Seabright Beach
  • Enjoying the night near a fire at Seabright Beach.- Seabright Beach
Overview + Weather
Large beach. Fire pits. Free parking. Dog friendly.
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description


Seabright State Beach remains a little less crowded than the nearby the Boardwalk Beach, and it is a dog-friendly beach with fire pits and restrooms. The Santa Cruz Breakwater Lighthouse, also known as the Walton Lighthouse, is located at the mouth of the Santa Cruz Harbor. It was dedicated in 2002 and helps the area mariners navigate the mouth; instead of a typical beam of light, a green signal light flashes at the top every four seconds. There is a path to view the lighthouse, but be cautious if the waves are high. 

The harbor is a great location to view the sea lions and otters enjoying the area's plentiful hunting grounds. A natural rock wall separates Seabright from the Boardwalk Beach, and a tiny hole connecting the two beaches is accessible during low tide if you wish to explore further. Many people like to paddle around the harbor and out into the ocean. You can enter the beach in two locations. The main entrance is near the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History on East Cliff Drive; an alternate entrance lies near the harbor off of Atlantic Avenue and is a good alternative if there is no parking near the main entrance.   

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