Pleasure Point Beach
Pleasure Point Beach
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A popular Santa Cruz surf spot.
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Chuck
Santa Cruz, CA431 contributions
The addition of a concrete seawall to protect East Cliff Drive has transformed Please Point Beach from being a natural coastal cliff and beach to being something that is sort of manufactured like a retaining wall on the freeway. However, the paths, walls, and stairs are done tastefully, and will likely protect East Cliff from falling into the ocean for a few decades.

Bikers and walkers will have a broad path to follow along the road, with frequent stairs that lead to the sandy beach. However, the beach is highly dependent on the state of the tide, and you may not have ANY beach at high tide.

This is the ideal place to look at one of California's historic surf spots, with a dozen or more breaks along the 1 mile coastline. You'll also pass the late Jack O'Neill's house, and other local sights.
Written November 25, 2020
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sonofdragon
San Jose, CA231 contributions
Lived in the bay area for years but never take Santa Cruz seriously. Some good things surely come during this pandemic madness. Discovery of Pleasure Point was a blessing for us since we're having pandemic fatigue. Walking the public path while enjoying the breeze/waves was cooling/calming to the mind. Watching the surfers ride the waves was so exciting. Seeing people jogging/running/walking/biking is very inspiring. And the sea birds flying close just above the waves and diving for a catch was a sure wow moment to watch. Words cant say more. Stop the worry and make life livable again!
Written January 15, 2021
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SAM S
Santa Cruz, CA29 contributions
Solo
Pleasure Point has been my home for more than 40 years. Yes it is crowded, yes the waves are NEVER empty, and yes vacation rentals are the newest blight, but I have traveled all over the world surfing or soaking up cultures, and this place is hard to beat.. These waves and the views are equal to anywhere in the world. The 10 block walk along the cliff above the beach and surf is stunning. You see whales, dolphins, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and a variety of sea birds. At low tide, walk on the sea bottom enjoying nature and all types of sea animals: from star fish to abalone. Really great for kids of all ages. There are great stairs to the beach, but no ramp, so strollers, bikes, and wheel chairs have problems. Sadly, very difficult disabled access.
Written April 21, 2015
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W-Nut
Santa Cruz, CA39 contributions
Friends
Great walking path from the Hook at 41st Ave all the way up to First Peak and Rockview. Stop for a snack at The Point Market. Restrooms at the Hook and up by First Peak.
Written February 18, 2015
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Corrina M
Nottinghamshire, UK12 contributions
Hanging out at Pleasure Point, you just get the vibe that "Life's a beach", whether you're up top watching the surfers, chillin' on the beach, in the water, or ambling along East Cliff. Carve out time to be here... any time of day.
Written October 2, 2018
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Robbie H
Lexington, SC338 contributions
Couples
I kinda stumbled upon this area of Santa Cruz and boy was I glad that I did. I have NEVER been that close to world class surfers and it was unbelievable. You can walk out on Pleasure Point and watch the surfers surf within 100 yards from the point and it is amazing. The athleticism portrayed by the surfers is so entertaining. If you go take a chair and spend an hour or two and watch the artistry of surfing. Take your camera when you go to capture some unbelievable photos.
Written January 11, 2019
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Christian E
Santa Barbara, CA67 contributions
Friends
The surf at Pleasure Point is great, but all the local surfers (particularly the middle-aged to older men) are very rude. They clearly don't like seeing 'new' people around the beach. I go to UCSC and routinely get hassled by the older men surfing here. The ironic part is that they don't follow the "surf etiquette" that is posted at the beach. I only come here because it's some of the best surf around, if it weren't I'd stay away and leave the rude locals alone.
Written July 19, 2017
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Johnny763
Monterey, CA5 contributions
Couples
The Local Route.. Take Soquel Dr. off Hwy 1, turn right - then left on 7TH Ave. Take 7th Ave to East Cliff -go left to Pleasure Point.. Best route to Downtown and Crows Nest , Yacht Harbor..
Written March 4, 2016
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Danny_OI812
Santa Cruz, CA327 contributions
Friends
Go to enjoy the view. Watch the surfers. And RELAX!!! Short walking distance to great food and more ocean cliff views.
Written April 15, 2015
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MoFRENZ
San Diego, California, United States22 contributions
Friends
Nice neighborhoods, clean parks, and great surf in the winter. Town has a good vibe, Crowds aren't so bad. The parking is ok, but can get filled quick (mostly street parking). Nice change of scenery from here in San Diego...while SC still keeps it green and not a concrete jungle. Many places to eat & shop.
Written September 15, 2014
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