National Parks / Natural World
Seabright State Beach Santa Cruz
Where are we going today?
Sometimes you can't beach that old fashioned beach fun!
Seabright State Beach is just that - a lovely, simple and long sandy beach between the Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Harbor, where kids can just play, enjoy the sun, build sandcastles, and take a dip in the ocean.
There is great shallow paddling at Seabright State Beach, which is perfect for those younger kiddies.
It's a beach without those modern amusements, taking it back to the simple pleasures of just the sand, a bucket, and the sound of the crashing ocean.
If you are feeling active, there is sand volleyball at the beach, and plenty of ways to enjoy that ocean! Older kids can try paddle boarding, as well as surfing, and even windsurfing - are you feeling brave enough to get out on those waves and try and conquer them?!
There are also fishing spots where the kids can relax with the parents and try and catch the fish of the day.
If you want to extend your family day out into the night, there are park-provided fire rings where you can enjoy some beach fires - don't forget those s'mores!
With restrooms and lifeguards on duty, Seabright State Beach is the perfect day out in Santa Cruz without the rush and noise of rides, arcades, and games. It's life and it's most simple - and most fun!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Day use 6am - 10pm
Why not take some food and s'mores and enjoy the fire fit! It's a beautiful place to take a picnic and enjoy the sunset!.
Take plenty of bottled water!.
Any Top Tips?
Dogs permitted on leash. If you fish, you need a licence. .
Doing our bit
They love to keep you safe, so they have lifeguards on duty during summer, so make sure you take to the waters near their line of sight.
Need a little extra help?
They have a sand wheelchair available for use.
They offer FREE parking!.
What people are saying?
by Debbie Lee
Such a beautiful beach that's somehow both tranquil, yet lively. You could easily zone out here even though there are tons of people around. Beautiful horizon and an awesome place to catch the sunrise and sunset. I love that I can also see the boardwalk across the water.
by Jeanmarie Boben
Pretty beach that's much more chill than the Boardwalk and Wharf. Good to walk it -- explore the natural bridge and the lighthouse.
by Cynthia Boedihardjo
Great place to watch rogue fireworks on 4th of July, just watch where they light them so you don't get burned.
by A Google User
We stumbled upon this beach by our navigation system!. After being told by a patrol man we would be sited for having a dog on the BOARDWALK (Santa Cruz) our family was a lil' bummed that we had to leave the premises...so we pulled out the good ole navigation to find PUBLIC beaches that allowed dogs & came across SEABRIGHT!!! Just right up the ways from the BOARDWALK! Beautiful, clean, not over crowded & a really fun place for family (including dogs!)
by A Google User
Went for the day to celebrate a friend's upcoming wedding. Sort of a bridal shower on the beach. Beach was clean, not over crowded and very peaceful.