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About Palm Beach in Watsonville, California

Palm Beach is a day use area of Sunset State Beach which has a separate entrance. This park provides access to a wide sandy beach on Monterey Bay that is backed by beautiful grassy dunes. North and south of the park the state-owned beach continues in front of the Pajaro Dunes Resort which has condos and vacation rentals. It’s possible to walk the beach for miles in both directions. It is possible to park for free outside of the state park parking lot. This beach is popular with local farming families because most of the other beaches in the area don’t have a free parking option. To get to Palm Beach, take the Riverside Drive exit off Highway 1 near Watsonville and head west to Lee Road. Then it’s a long straight drive between farm lands on West Beach Street which leads to the parking lot. Hike up and over the high dunes to an excellent sandy strand.

W Beach Rd and Rio Boca Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
Park Name
Sunset State Beach
Other Names
Pajaro Beach, Palm State Beach
State Park
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash on the beach in front of the park but not in front of homes or condos
Fee to enter park, but free on street outside of gate
Fishing, Picnicking, Beach Walking, Beachcombing
Picnic Tables, BBQs, Restrooms, Showers, Lifeguards, Dunes
Map of Palm Beach
Watsonville, US
10:15 pm, November 30, 2023
temperature icon 51°F
L: 51° H: 62°
Feels like 49.55 °F broken clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0.02 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 7:00 am
Sunset: 4:51 pm
Humidity 86 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 2 m/s

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