Twin Lakes State Beach
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The beach has a mile of sandy shoreline and is popular for swimming and picnicking. It’s located next to the Santa Cruz Harbor and is one of the area’s most popular local beaches.
Adjacent Schwan Lake Park offers easy walking trails through a natural preserve of old oaks and coastal grasslands. It’s a good location for dog-walking, bird watching, & scenic views of the lake & bay.
Schwan Lake and Woods Lagoon (now the Harbor) were known historically as Twin Lakes.
From Highway 1, take Soquel Avenue to 7th Avenue. 7th Avenue dead-ends at Twin Lakes State Beach. Public access to Schwan Lake Park is via the Simpkins Family Swim Center off of 17th Avenue.
Weather can be foggy or breezy, so layers are recommended.
- Outdoor showers
- Fire pits
- Lifeguard on duty (summers only)
- Supplies, food and lodging are available nearby
- A sand wheelchair is available for use here or at nearby Seabright State Beach — learn more in the Hilltromper Beach Accessibility Guide