Lighthouse Point Santa Cruz
Dolphins, courtesy of Laskeek Bay Conservation Society
Steller Sea Lions, courtesy of NOAA
Humpback tail fluke, courtesy of Erin Falcone
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.