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Twin Lakes State Beach, Santa Cruz

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Twin Lakes State Beach is a beach located on Monterey Bay directly south of the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor Santa Cruz, in coastal Santa Cruz County, northern California.

This mile-long shoreline is a popular place for swimming and picnicking, along with birdwatching in the adjacent Schwan's Lake.

It has a small craft harbor parallel to East Cliff and Portola Drives.
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  • We enjoyed going to Twin Lakes State Beach in Santa Cruz. Its close to the main harbor area. We liked the views. We took a nice walk by the Pacific Ocean. 
    We enjoyed going to Twin Lakes State Beach in Santa Cruz. Its close to the main harbor area. We liked the views. We took a nice walk by the Pacific Ocean.  more »
  • After dinner I stopped at Twin Lakes State Beach Park…it was very cool!!! Lots of huge waves crashing the shore and a beautiful light house in the distance. The sand was very cool and very white... 
    After dinner I stopped at Twin Lakes State Beach Park…it was very cool!!! Lots of huge waves crashing the shore and a beautiful light house in the distance. The sand was very cool and very white...  more »
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  • We wanted to spend couple of hours on the beach after visiting The Mystery spot and found this beach. Parking here is bit difficult to find, we had to wait for at least 10-15 mins to get the parking spot. Beach is not that big however we found it great for taking a walk and click pictures. I would recommend to visit here if you are nearby and want to spend couple of hours in the evening. We also notice dead seal on the shore :(
  • Great place to catch a pretty sunset. It is generally pretty quiet during the week unless it is mid summer, but even then it is not super packed. They have a few benches you can sit at to take it all in or you can head down to the sand and water to get an even closer look at the beauty this beach has. The sunrise is just as beautiful and peaceful.

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