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Panther Beach in Santa Cruz, California

Panther Beach is a popular sandy beach north of Santa Cruz near the hamlet of Davenport. It’s part of the Coast Dairies State Park land acquisition and will eventually be a California state beach.

At low tide another beach called Hole-In-The-Wall becomes accessible through an opening in a rock wall on the south end of Panther Beach. If you don’t mind getting your feet wet this route is safe except at highest tides or during extreme surf. Both beaches are considered clothing-optional, but Hole In The Wall more so because of its seclusion.

The official US government name of Panther Beach according to USGS is Yellow Bank (or Yellowbank) Beach – named after Yellow Bank Creek that curves through the sand here. A man-made tunnel through the bluff wall can be found at the back of the beach. The creek enters the cove through this tunnel.

Swimming at Panther Beach can be dangerous because of rip currents and climbing on the rocks is equally dangerous due to sneaker waves and strong surf.

Look for the unsigned parking lot entrance off Highway 1 about one mile south of Bonny Doon Road and Bonny Doon Beach. The trail to the beach can be found at the far north end of this lot. This steep trail to Panther Beach can get eroded and make for a difficult hike to the beach especially when it’s wet.

Address
Cabrillo Hwy
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Park Name
Coast Dairies State Park
Owner
State Parks
Other Names
Yellow Bank Beach
Activities
Sunbathing, Beach Exploration, Rock Climbing
Amenities
Rock Arch, Caves, No Facilities
Pet Policy
No dogs allowed on the beach
Fees
Free parking

* Note: This is a clothing optional beach

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