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Twin Lakes State Beach

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • Welcome to Twin Lakes State Beach- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Twin Lakes State Beach is broad and offers plenty of room to relax.- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • A view of the Seabright Beach Lighthouse from Twin Lakes State Beach.- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Fire pits are available at Twin Lakes State Beach.- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Schwan Lagoon is across the street.- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Runoff from the lagoon winds through Twin Lakes State Beach.- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • The lifeguard is rarely on duty.- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Restrooms are available at Twin Lakes State Beach.- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Parking can be a challenge at Twin Lakes State Beach.- Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Caution: unsafe swimming at Twin Lakes State Beach.- Twin Lakes State Beach
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Pros: 
Fire pits. Wildlife.
Cons: 
Seasonal permit parking. Unsanitary water from the lagoon.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Seasonal Permit Parking
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Located off of the Santa Cruz Harbor, Twin Lakes State Beach is easily accessible and offers fire pits, restrooms, and great views of the sailing ships as they enter and exit the harbor. Being a moderately sized beach, crowds can become an issue, so arrive early if you want to take advantage of the fire pits. Be sure to watch for the area's abundant wildlife, including the gray whales that migrate off-shore each year. Across East Cliff Drive, the beautiful Schwan Lagoon offers wildlife viewing as well.

Note that parking at Twin Lakes State Beach is controlled by a seasonal permit, and this can become difficult to negotiate during the busy season. A kiosk stationed near the parking lot sells parking passes when they are available. 

 

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