Laguna Creek Beach, Santa Cruz County

Laguna Creek Beach has nice dunes and good bird watching (the feathered kind). It's a narrow half-mile long sandy beach, warmer at the north end. In mid-2009, the state of California purchased this property. Its future as a clothing-optional beach is uncertain.

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Laguna Creek Nude Beach

Aerial View of Laguna Creek Beach
Adapted from Google Earth

The beach is located in Santa Cruz County, north of the town of Santa Cruz, California.

Who's There

  • A few people
  • Mixed nude and clothed at both ends of the beach
  • Some gawkers




Bird watching, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Swimming is not advised.

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Nudity Laws

Laws regarding nudity at the naturist beach vary by location and fines are stiff in some places. We have not been able to find a link to Santa Cruz County nudity laws, so the responsibility for knowing the law at Laguna Creek Beach is yours.

Nude or naturist beach neophytes, please be respectful of others and brush up on the nude beach and topless beach etiquette guidelines before you go.

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Beach Reviews and Rating

View of Laguna Creek Beach
Betsy Malloy Photography

The Bay Guardian newspaper gives Laguna Creek a grade of "A."

What Our Readers Have to Say 

Nice Stretch of Beach

This is a beautiful stretch of beach. Nudity is okay, open containers are Not. A patrol vehicle drove by slowly to ticket the guys with open containers.

—Guest Dave

No Problem

The parking lot was full but there were probably about 5 people in the nude area. If they're going to enforce a ban on nudity they really need to post signs or something. Also, it should maybe be mentioned​ that this beach is popular with men. I've been a few times and seen only 1 woman.

—Guest Dusty

Rating for Clothing Optional Recreation

When we asked more than 7,000 of readers what was your favorite Santa Cruz County nude beach, 54% voted for Bonny Doon. 18% like Laguna Creek, 17% voted for Panther/Hole in the Wall, and 8% for Scott Creek.

When we asked them to review Laguna Creek, 39% rated it excellent and 12% said it was good but with a few flaws.

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Getting There

Santa Cruz County Nude Beaches
Adapted from Google Maps

If you want an interactive version of the map, would like to convert to a close-up satellite map that shows the beaches and trails or need driving directions, use this map on Google.

Driving Directions

On CA Hwy 1 at approximately mile 26.0. You can find it by watching the mileage markers if you know how. Look for the telephone call box SZ-1-262.


Park in the dirt lot on the inland side of CA Hwy 1 or on Laguna Road next to the lot. Broken glass in the parking lot is a tell-tale sign of previous break-ins. Take your valuables with you or leave them​ at home.

Walking From the Parking Lot to the Beach

On the west (ocean) side of the highway, follow a narrow entrance through the bushes that leads to an easy wide path that goes to the left.

A little poison oak grows along the path and if you're allergic, it can cause a rash even when the stems are bare.

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Finding the Path

Path to Laguna Creek Beach
Betsy Malloy Photography

This photo was taken from the east (land) side of the road just in front of the parking lot. The opening in the bushes that leads to the beach is marked by the arrow.

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Follow the Path

Following the Path to Laguna Creek Beach
Betsy Malloy Photography

Once you're on the path, it's easy to follow. The railroad tracks are still in use, so cross carefully.

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