Family Post by Alaina Diehl
A recent article on SantaCruz.com, “Santa Cruz Guide: Empty Beaches, Five things to know about unpopulated stretches of sand” by Mat Weir, describes five less-populated beaches in Santa Cruz, California. If you want to avoid the crowds and head off the beaten path, one of these beaches may be for you!
Shark Tooth Beach (a.k.a. Davenport Beach) – 10 miles up Highway 1, this secluded spot features a couple of coves and its nick-namesake rock formation just off of the coast.
Twin Lakes State Beach– This mile of beachy-keen coastline is a good spot for recreation (swimming, picnicing, BBQing, and birdwatching nearby), but it does fill up on weekends and holidays.
Seacliff State Beach – Located about 5 miles south of Santa Cruz in the town of Aptos, this beach is well known for its concrete sunken ship, the SS Palo Alto. This beach is also crowded on weekdays and is a popular spot for fishing and surfing. Be prepared to pony up $5 for parking.
14th Avenue Beach (a.k.a. Black Point Beach) – This beach, another part of Twin Lakes State Beach, can be found by walking down 14th Avenue. Parking is difficult to come by (beware of “permit only” parking). I guess that’s one way to keep the crowd at bay (away from bay, rather)!
San Lorenzo River – Although it’s not a beach, you can enjoy the sun river-side in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park off of Highway 9. There are secluded Garden of Eden style “nudist holes” where you can shed your clothes, if that sounds interesting to you (otherwise, that serves as a warning). You can read more about the San Lorenzo River on the Santa Cruz County Government Environmental Health Services website.
Have a great weekend and hit the beach on Monday!