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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum

West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-420-6289
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A must-see if you have any appreciation for surfing

Okay, so this is a must-see museum. And here you will get a flavor of one of the two cities... read more

Reviewed 6 January 2018
RonCentralCA
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Capitola, California
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Visit here regularly... whenever I'm walking on West Cliff Dr. Great location with very interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
CBeattie14
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Santa Cruz, California
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For more than a hundred years, Santa Cruz has been a hot spot for hard-core surfers. This museum tells their stories through photographs, surfboards and other related items.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“steamer lane” (15 reviews)
“surf city” (8 reviews)
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West Cliff Drive at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz, CA
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"steamer lane"
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"surf city"
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"west cliff drive"
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"early days"
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"small gem"
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"small lighthouse"
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"interesting pictures"
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"love lighthouses"
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"cool stuff"
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"on display"
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"local surfers"
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"light house"
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"huntington beach"
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"great history"
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"great place to learn"
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"short visit"
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Okay, so this is a must-see museum. And here you will get a flavor of one of the two cities claiming to be Surf City. Huntington Beach and Santa Cruz have both vied for this title. HB has its status at the foot its pier...More

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Visit here regularly... whenever I'm walking on West Cliff Dr. Great location with very interesting information and memorabilia.

Thank CBeattie14
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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

This museum is tiny, basic and without frills of any kind. But required viewing for visitors wanting to understand what makes Santa Cruz tick. Besides, it’s right on a beautiful cliff above one of the world’s pre-eminent Surf breaks. On a decent day you can...More

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Reviewed 1 December 2017

When in town, this place is great to go and peep in. Sadly no coffee which would be nice on winter months in CA. Yet, the view is phenomenal and the walks are great, watch the surfer and go to the beach down below (dog...More

Thank KaroGraphix
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Listed on Tripadvisor as two separate attractions, but the surfing Museum and Lighthouse are the same thing, with lighthouse history being explained inside the same building that is filled with surf memorabilia.

Thank JohnInItaly
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

My husband is a former surfer and he loved this museum! He enjoyed the articles, photos, old boards, and films that were on display. I did not surf, but I enjoyed it as well. Although it is small, it is cozy and being in the...More

Thank Rkimberlie
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is a small museum which was a lighthouse - that has great memorabilia of the history of surfing - from the introduction of surfing from Hawaii to California - many original surfboards and great photos. Outstanding views of the bay and fun to watch...More

Thank Shirlee R
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

Surfing museum was nice as was the working lighthouse but the views were incredible. We were able to find sea otters, sea lions, pelicans and lots of surfers. Great picture spot.

Thank Maiya L
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

My family all surfs so this is a really cool spot to check out. A must see when you are in Santa Cruz.

Thank April V
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

I LOVE Santa Cruz and this is a must stop for us everytime. My girls love to see this place and take cool pictures out front.

Thank melissacU1575SS
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