Santa Maria Beach

Santa Maria Beach

19th Ave. at East Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz, California 95062
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Local Phone: (831) 425-1234

Nicknamed Santa Mo’s, Santa Maria Beach is a popular spot for walking and beachcombing.

This spot is also great for evening bonfires, and exploring tide pools.

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

Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams
Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams
Just a short hop south of the Bay Area, Santa Cruz County is diverse and exceedingly dog-friendly. Variety is the name of the game when it comes to dog-friendly lodging and dining—as well as other options for a yappy, outdoor-centric getaway. Here are some suggestions to get tails a’wagging. more »
Santa Cruz beach dog with frisbee
Photo credit: Don DeBold (CC)
When it comes to things to do with your dog in Santa Cruz County, there’s the obvious (beaches, wineries), and the not-so-obvious—like Byrne-Milliron Forest, a 400-acre Land Trust of Santa Cruz County property managed as a working forest and laced with dog-friendly trails (off-leash hiking for dogs with reliable recall is allowed). Another option for hikers is Pogonip, a 640-acre nature reserve/greenbelt with numerous dog-friendly trails. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is one of few state-run parks in California that allows dogs on some (but not all) trails. Got kids? Roaring Camp Railroads offers dog- and family-friendly steam train excursions through the redwoods. Another gem is Felton Covered Bridge Park, where the photo opps are as good as the picnic grounds are shady.

Of course, for first-time visitors, the obvious may not be so obvious. Suggestions for a yappy day: more »
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