East Cliff Drive at 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA
The most easily accessed stretch of sandy fun in town starts on the banks of the San Lorenzo River across from the Boardwalk and runs eastward as Seabright Beach (the locals call it Castle Beach), stopping at the harbor and picking up again on the other side as Twin Lakes Beach. Seabright’s bigger and more luxe, but Twin Lakes has fire rings and a bathroom. Such difficult decisions. As a Twin Lakes bonus, Schwann Lake, on the easternmost end of the beach, has a trail skirting a picturesque inland lagoon where birds congregate. East Cliff Drive at Seabright; East Cliff Drive at 7th Ave, Santa Cruz.
Google Map for Bonny Doon Beach: