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Twin Lakes State Beach

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Excellent surf for boogie boards. Between noon and 3pm was best. Late in afternoon waves get taller... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2018
Ro M
Elkhart, Indiana
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this beach is very nice and usually very popular with people in the summer

twin lakes beach is great to have a bonfire at in the evening and picnic at- I like to flyn my... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2018
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2875 E Cliff Dr, Parallel to East Cliff Drive and Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4717
+1 831-429-2850
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Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

Excellent surf for boogie boards. Between noon and 3pm was best. Late in afternoon waves get taller and crash down hard as it’s building to high tide. — Parking is limited. Bike or walk if you can — Did not need parking tag on weekdays...More

Thank Ro M
Reviewed July 19, 2018

twin lakes beach is great to have a bonfire at in the evening and picnic at- I like to flyn my kites there. it's usually hard to find a parking place- but worth the effort to go and be at.

Thank WillS1706
Reviewed June 1, 2018

This is a pleasant stretch of beach adjacent to East Cliff, big enough to accommodate lots of visitors on a sunny day. There appears to be a fair amount of surf for surfers, plus stretches where swimmers can safely swim between buoys. It's pretty clean,...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2018

Twin Lakes is a smaller beach area, adjacent to the Santa Cruz Harbor. Currently, they are building a boardwalk and trying to improve parking. Not sure when it will re-open.

Thank 1beachbrat
Reviewed January 6, 2018

Local hangout on the beach not tending to be crowded or touristy. Just a good spot to hang out and chill out.

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed November 12, 2017

On the east side of the Santa Cruz Harbor, this long sandy beach is relatively clean and busy with many families. For more quiet, walk past the cliff at the east side, until you are on the beach near the Live Oak area, far from...More

Thank Clover88Live
Reviewed November 9, 2017

Local favorite for people who live in that area, it could also be good if you do not have a car to drive to Rio Del Mar, which is a better actual beach. Twin Lakes is walking distance to the nearby yacht harbor, which has...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed October 3, 2017

I live close by and when the tides and low and beach build up is right I have walked from Moran/26th Avenue beach to twin lakes. Mu dogs love it, too. If you have dogs go early.

Thank Karen H
Reviewed September 7, 2017

We did an overnighter on a Saturday; our hotel was less than two blocks from the beach. We walked the beach first thing in the morning and took a stroll to get some coffee. In the evening we watched the sun go down. It was...More

Thank pgordillo
Reviewed August 19, 2017

We went to Twin Lakes State Beach. Its a pretty park by the Paciic Ocean. In the evening, people were having camp fires. Everyone seems to have a good time here.

Thank mini
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Dogs must be on leash.