Its Beach

Its Beach

West Cliff Dr. at Auburn
Santa Cruz, California 95060
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This is the first beach up the coast from the lighthouse on West Cliff Drive.

Totally surrounded by cliffs, it's a secluded beauty. Broad in summer, narrow or nonexistent in winter, it draws many dog enthusiasts and has a mellow vibe.

Dog hours are limited, however, and there's lots of local growling about those who don't respect the before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. rules.

Leashes are required, but you're not likely to see many.

The difficult part about getting here is the long, steep staircase leading down the bluff to the sand.

Help us keep this beach beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules
• Respect natural marine life and habitats
• Be aware of tides and currents
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints

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We found a cave! Photo Credit: @phantompoodleparti
We found a cave! Photo Credit: @phantompoodleparti
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Photo Credit: @mrkobeandme
Photo Credit: @mrkobeandme
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Beach time for Ranger, Mitchell
Beach time for Ranger, Mitchell's Cove. Photo Credit: @rangerthedogo
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Rocky at Mitchell
Rocky at Mitchell's Cove Beach. Photo Credit: @little_rocky_balboa
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Dog at the lighthouse in Santa Cruz
Photo credit: lostintheredwoods (CC)
Santa Cruz County’s curvy coastline is studded with some 29 miles of beaches providing lots of options for DogTrekkers. Fifteen strands are dog-friendly, and one, Mitchell’s Cove, is legally leash-free during daylight hours before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. more »
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