Lighthouse Field State Beach
Latest NewsThe park is open for walk- and bike-in access only. No parking is available.
Lighthouse Field State Beach has the distinction of being home to California’s first surfing museum. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point on West Cliff Drive.
Steamer Lane Supply provides concession services at Lighthouse Field. The shop offers coffee and other drinks, sandwiches, poke bowls, eggrolls and other snacks as well as apparel, surf wax and surf leashes. Steamer Lane Supply is located near the bathrooms.
The beach is on West Cliff Drive.
By Bus: The park is on Santa Cruz METRO routes 3, 19 and 20.
Things to doBeach Area
The beach is great for surfing and boogie boarding. People also fish there.Hiking
There are trails in the field area for hiking, running and biking.Museum
Overlooking internationally renowned surfing hotspot Steamer Lane, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum has photographs, surfboards and other interesting items tracing more than 100 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz.Wildlife Viewing
Spot sea lions on the off-shore rocks. In the winter, Monarch butterflies migrate here.
Fees and Passes
Day-use parking lots are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
Parking is free.
- Drinking water
- Picnic areas
- Outdoor showers
- Hiking trails
Also known as Point Santa Cruz, this area forms the northern boundary of Monterey Bay. It is one of the last open headlands in any California urban area. Surfers, tourists, birds – including the rare Black Swift and wintering Monarch butterflies are drawn to this area. Sea lions populate the offshore rocks.
This is one of the places where Monarch butterflies winter along the California coast. Monarchs are unique because they migrate each winter to avoid freezing weather. The Monarchs wintering here, come from west of the Rocky Mountains. Monarchs east of the Rockies go to central Mexico for the winter.
- Dogs are allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet.