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Twin Lakes State Beach
Twin Lakes lighthouse
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Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes Schwan Lagoon
Twin Lakes moon


Here are some guidelines for people visiting Twin Lakes State Beach:

  • Restrooms are partially reopened.

What is currently closed at this park?

  • Picnic tables and gathering spots

NOTICE: Get more information on the California State Parks response to COVID-19 here.

The beach has a mile of sandy shoreline and is popular for swimming and picnicking. It’s located next to the Santa Cruz Harbor and is one of the area’s most popular local beaches.

Adjacent Schwan Lake Park offers easy walking trails through a natural preserve of old oaks and coastal grasslands. It’s a good location for dog-walking, bird watching and scenic views of the lake and bay.

Operating Hours

Day-Use Area Sunrise to Sunset


From Highway 1, take Soquel Avenue to 7th Avenue. 7th Avenue dead-ends at Twin Lakes State Beach. Public access to Schwan Lake Park is via the Simpkins Family Swim Center off of 17th Avenue.

By Bus: Take Santa Cruz METRO routes 66, 68 or 69W to get to the beach.

Things to do

Beach Area

Enjoy boogie boarding, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, swimming and other beach activities.

Hiking Trails

Explore Schwan Lagoon, which is a good spot for birding.


Beach fires are allowed in park-provided fire rings.

Fees and Passes

Parking is free in the off-season. Summer parking permits for the adjacent streets are required by the county. Purchase one from the kiosk across from the beach.


  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor showers
  • Fire pits
  • Lifeguard on duty (summers only)
  • A sand wheelchair is available for use here or at nearby Seabright State Beach — learn more in the Hilltromper Beach Accessibility Guide.


Schwan Lake and Woods Lagoon (now the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor) were known historically as Twin Lakes.


  • Dogs are permitted on leash.
  • Fires must be confined to fire rings provided.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on the beach or in day-use areas.
  • A fishing license is required.

More Info

(831) 427-4868

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