The Monterey Bay Area Sights

Twin Lakes State Beach

  • 7th Ave. Map It
  • Santa Cruz
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 05/08/2015

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Stretching a half-mile along the coast on both sides of the small-craft jetties, Twin Lakes is one of Monterey Bay's sunniest beaches. It encompasses Seabright State Beach (with access in a residential neighborhood on the upcoast side) and Black's Beach on the downcoast side. Families often come here to sunbathe, picnic, and hike the nature trail around adjacent Schwann Lake. Parking is tricky on weekends from April through September, but you can park all day in the harbor pay lot and walk here. Leashed dogs are allowed. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards (seasonal); parking; showers; toilets; water sports (seasonal). Best for: sunset; surfing; swimming; walking.

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7th Ave., at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, California, 95062, United States

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Updated 05/08/2015


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