This long strip of beach, which abuts New Brighton State Beach, has a few key attractions that make it irresistible to visitors. One is the beach itself, long and uninterrupted except for one intriguing feature: a pier and half-sunken cement ship, the USS Palo Alto, that was hauled to its location to serve as an amusement center. The company went bankrupt, and now beachgoers find more amusement in the charming hamlet of Rio del Mar, with its tiny strip of restaurants, snack shops and coffeehouses. Seacliff also has RV camping, showers and a group picnic area. From Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 south toward Aptos and take the State Park exit. Follow the signs to Seacliff State Beach.
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