Laguna Creek Beach

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    Laguna Creek Nude Beach

    Aerial View of Laguna Creek Beach
    Aerial View of Laguna Creek Beach. Adapted from Google Earth

    Laguna Creek Beach has nice dunes and good bird watching (the feathered kind).


    Santa Cruz County, north of the town of Santa Cruz. Get a map and directions on the last page of this guide.


    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.

    Who's at Laguna Creek Beach

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

    Laguna Creek Beach Facilities


    Laguna Creek Beach Activities

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

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    Nudity Laws and Laguna Creek Beach

    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 and the responsibility...MORE for knowing the law at Laguna Creek Beach is yours.

    Nude or naturist beach neophytes, please be respectful of others and read the Nude Beach and Topless Beach Etiquette guidelines before you go to a nude beach.

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  • 02 of 05

    Laguna Creek Beach Reviews and Rating

    View of Laguna Creek Beach
    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 mentioned that this beach is popular with men. I've been a few times and seen only 1 woman.

    —Guest Dusty

    Rating Laguna Creek Beach 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, 12% said it was good but with a few flaws.

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    Getting to Laguna Creek Beach

    Santa Cruz County Nude Beaches
    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 our Santa Cruz County Beach map at 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. Find out how to interpret a California milepost marker.

    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 home.

    Walking from 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. See the photos on the next pages so you'll know what it looks like.

    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 to Laguna Creek Beach

    Path to Laguna Creek Beach
    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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    Path to Laguna Creek Beach

    Following the Path to Laguna Creek Beach
    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.