This broad, sandy beach
at the base of a bluff south of Santa Cruz
stretches for about a mile and features wide-open views, picnic areas, campground, interpretive center, fishing pier and, curiously, the hull of a concrete freighter built in 1910 for use in World War I but never launched. In 1929, the ship was towed to its present location and used for two seasons as an amusement center with heated swimming pool, café, dance floor and concessions. The venture failed, the ship was stripped and has sat there, stirring imaginations, ever since. Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be leashed.