Twin Lakes State Beach

UPDATE (May 5, 2020): This beach continues to be temporarily closed to vehicular access, meaning there are no parking facilities and parking on roadways is prohibited to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. The beach is fully closed from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, meaning there are no public access during this time. During the other times, the beach is open to local residents, and they must abide by the following guidelines:

  • Stay Local: Walk or bike into the beach. Do not drive to the beach.
  • Keep It Moving: Keep walking, jogging, surfing, swimming, etc. No sitting. No sunbathing.
  • Leave It at Home: No coolers, umbrellas, shade tents, barbecues or chairs.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and beach parties are not allowed. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people at the beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/ sanitizer and pack out all trash.

Statewide, many parks and beaches are temporarily closed or have very limited access to ensure Californians are abiding and practicing physical distancing. The goals are to make sure people are safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. To view the list of closures and what they mean to the public, please visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(831) 427-4868

Park Hours

Call the beach

Dogs Allowed?

Yes

Driving Directions to Twin Lakes SB

The small craft harbor in downtown Santa Cruz is approximately in the middle of Twin Lakes State Beach, which extends for a distance parallel to East Cliff Drive and Portola Drive.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

BOATING
Boating
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Swimming
Windsurfing/Surfing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available


The small craft harbor in downtown Santa Cruz is approximately in the middle of Twin Lakes State Beach, which extends for a distance parallel to East Cliff Drive and Portola Drive. The beach has a mile of sandy shoreline, popular for swimming and picnicking. The park’s adjacent Schwan's lake is a good location for bird watching.


Parking
For parking information, please visit http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Home/ParkingPrograms.aspx.