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About Santa Cruz Lighthouse and Surfing Museum in Santa Cruz, California

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is inside the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse at Lighthouse Field State Beach. On the east side of this park surfers are riding the break known as Steamer Lane, a world-famous surfing destination. On the west side of the park is Its Beach, the main sandy beach of Lighthouse Field State Beach. This location is strikingly beautiful and offers not only opportunities to stroll, sunbathe and relax, but also watch butterflies and birds that include the Black Swift. Sea lions populate the offshore rocks at Point Santa Cruz, which forms the northern boundary of Monterey Bay and is recognized as one of the few remaining open headlands in any California urban area.

The museum has photographs, surfboards, and other interesting items tracing over 100 years of surfing history in Santa Cruz. Museum guests can enjoy displays of surf boards and memorabilia ranging from redwood “planks” to modern high-tech designs and shapes, wetsuits, photographs, videos and a gift shop with books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, posters, and more.

If you are hitting any of the beaches in Santa Cruz and haven’t been to the Surfing Museum before, then stop into to check it out. It is small, but there is a lot of history packed into this place.

701 W Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 420-6289
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Santa Cruz, US
2:32 pm, July 18, 2024
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Steamer Lane

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Steamer Lane is really just a surfing spot for experienced surfers near Point Santa Cruz. The shoreline here is...

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Its Beach

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Its Beach is the name of the south-facing beach below the bluff on the west side of Point Santa...

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