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Our mission is to provide a wonderful and exceptional experience for everyone while fostering stewardship of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve.

Venture Quest Kayaking of Santa Cruz offers a unique opportunity to explore the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary from a kayak! Rent a kayak or join us on a guided tour and enter the realm of sea otters, seals, sea lions, pelicans, dolphins,…

La Madrona Athletic Club is located in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains and remains a premier club for health and wellness, balancing a gorgeous facility with a family friendly environment. Our mission is to provide you with a balanced and…

Adventure Sports Unlimited (ASU) is an aquatics fun center that teaches people to play in water. Our charter is to bring people together, teach them to the best of their abilities, outfit them with gear to fit their potential, arrange adventures to…

You’ll find Santa Maria Beach in the Live Oak area, at the end of 19th Avenue where it meets the ocean. It is an excellent spot for tide pooling, and also a great location for extensive walks and beach picnics. Dogs allowed on-leash only.

This long sandy beach sits between the Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Harbor. Dogs are permitted on leash. Lifeguards on duty for the summer only.

Bordered by agricultural fields, this long strip of sandy beach features pine trees, sand dunes, and ocean side picnic spots.

This coastal access point is a popular Santa Cruz surf spot. Pleasure Point Park offers restrooms, picnicking, public art and spectacular views.

Waddell Beach attracts surfers, kite and windsurfers, tide pool explorers and families. Rancho Del Oso offers biking, hiking, trail camps, horseback riding and camp, waterfalls, guided family activities and a great Nature Center. Free parking. Sorry…