Lighthouse Point Santa Cruz

Also known as Point Santa Cruz, this area forms the northern boundary of Monterey Bay. It is one of the last open headlands in any California urban area. Surfers, tourists, birds - including the rare black swift - and wintering monarch butterflies are drawn to this area. The lighthouse is home to one of the first surfing museums in the world.

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The Whale Trail

Address / Contact

701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz , CA


(831) 429-2850


7:00 a.m. to sunset year round

Park Information

The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries