New Brighton SB

A premium campsite at New Brighton State Beach. Photo by Hilltromper.

Million-dollar views from a campground overlooking the bay.

West Cliff Drive

The Surf Museum at Lighthouse Point.

A sweet three-minute video by Michael Horn.

Waddell Beach

Strong northwesterly winds make Waddell Beach a major kitesurfing destination. (It glasses off, too, so surfers can have a shot.) Photo by Joe Gomez.

North Coast kiters paradise with surfing benefits.

The State of Santa Cruz Beaches

Moran Lake Beach/26th Avenue Beach in Santa Cruz, California

If you want to splash in pristine waters this summer, head to Sunny Cove, Pleasure Point, Sunset State Beach, or Lighthouse State Beach (better known by its nickname, Its Beach).

The Cleanest Beaches in Santa Cruz County

Its Beach in Santa Cruz, California

Dive on in, ocean lovers. These 10 beaches scored high marks on the Natural Resources Defense Council's annual water survey.

Hot Day Cures

Tom 'n' Jerry and Esther Williams keep their cool in 'Dangerous When Wet,' a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film from 1953.

Five ways to stay cool in a Santa Cruz heat wave.

Natural Bridges State Beach

The last remaining "natural bridge." Photo credit: Eugene Zelenko/Creative Commons.

Possibly the ultimate Santa Cruz beach.

Save Our Shores Launches Beachkeepers Program

Expect more Beachkeepers signs like this one around Santa Cruz County. Photo courtesy Save Our Shores.

Save Our Shores looks to everyday efforts by citizens to keep neighborhood beaches pristine—and maybe help identify their next campaign.

Montara State Beach

Montara Beach, framed by picturesque headlands to the north, is a Bay Area favorite. Photo by Manny Vannucci on Flickr.

Dramatic beauty an hour away.

Panther Beach

Duck through the hole in the wall at Panther Beach to get to a wide-open expanse of sand. Photo credit: Malikas99.

The magic and power of waves and rocks.