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    In the Lee of Pleasure Point: New Brighton to Capitola and Beyond

    Santa Cruz, California

    In the Lee of Pleasure Point New Brighton to Capitola and Beyond

    In the Lee of Pleasure Point: New Brighton to Capitola and Beyond Professional Guide

    Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

    "The most protected stretch of “open coast” on Monterey Bay, the lee of Soquel Point, better known locally as Pleasure Point, is a perfect place to gain ocean paddling experience,
    and it makes an excellent first coastal tour for those comfortable launching and landing through small surf or on days with no surf on the beach.

    In the kelp beds beyond the cliffs, sea otters and harbor seals are commonly seen, and occasionally bottlenose dolphin. Combined with a landing on the Capitola Wharf for brunch and live music on the sun deck, paddling here in the lee of Pleasure makes for a fine outing on a summer weekend. For experienced kayak surfers, the longboat surfing off several reef breaks is some of the best anywhere."

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    Trail Information

    Santa Cruz
    Nearby City
    1-10 miles
    Distance
    Easy to Difficult
    Skill Level
    Tide heights less than 3 or 4 feet offer greater access to small beaches along cliffs.
    Tidal Information
    A dropping tide can create surf at the landing beach that wasn’t there when you launched
    Hazards/Cautions
    Year-round
    Season
    USGS Soquel (7.5 minute) and NOAA chart 18685 (charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/18685.shtml)
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