Scott Creek Beach

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    Scott Creek Nude Beach

    Scott Creek Beach
    ••• Scott Creek Beach. Charles Hutchins/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    Scott Creek Beach is an easily accessible nude beach near a busy family beach area.


    Santa Cruz County between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. Get a map and directions on the last page of this guide.


    One-half mile long beach at the bottom of a small bluff. At the north end is a great surfing spot.

    Who's at Scott Creek Beach

    Surfers (Oct - May), suited sunbathers, skinny-dippers. Lots of families (clothed) in the area near the highway.

    Scott Creek Beach Facilities


    Scott Creek Beach Activities

    Swimming is not advised because of the undertow.

    Elephant seals get away with behavior that humans might be arrested for at nearby Ano Nuevo State Park. It's worth a side trip to see the spectacle, which peaks in January.

    More Nude Beaches Within 25 Miles of Scott Creek

    Nudity Laws and Scott Creek Beach

    Laws regarding nudity at the naturist beach vary by location...MORE 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 for knowing the law at Scott 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 03

    Scott Creek Beach Reviews and Rating

    Scott Creek Beach
    ••• Scott Creek Beach. Charles Hutchins/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    The Bay Guardian newspaper gives Scott Creek a grade of "B"

    Rating Scott 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 Scott Creek, 42% rated it excellent, 11% said it was good but with a few flaws.

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  • 03 of 03

    Getting to Scott 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

    Scott Creek is about 2 miles north of Davenport on CA Hwy 1 at about milepost 31.3, between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, but closer to Santa Cruz. You can find it by watching the mileage markers if you know how. Find out how to interpret a California milepost marker.

    This beach is very easy to find. It's one of the few places where the road is at ocean level and the beach comes right up to the road.

    Telephone call box SZ-001-318 is just north of the beach and box SZ-001-313 is south of it.


    You'll find two turnouts alongside the road for parking, but they fill up fast on nice days.

    Parking with your drive wheels toward the pavement may help you keep from getting stuck in the sand - when you start up, you'll be driving out of the sand, not into it.

    Walkin...MOREg from Parking Lot to the Beach

    It's easy to get onto the beach from the road, going out either north or south of the bridge, but but walking north across Scott Creek can be difficult or hazardous when the creek is flowing strongly.

    The nude area is on the north, at the bottom of the cliff.