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Mark Abbot Memorial Lighthouse

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Address: Lighthouse Point, West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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+1 831-420-6289
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12:00 - 16:00
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Thu - Mon 12:00 - 16:00
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This historic lighthouse, rebuilt in the 1960s, is a great place from which...

This historic lighthouse, rebuilt in the 1960s, is a great place from which to check out the local surfing culture.

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Came for the monarchs!

We stopped here because we were told that the monarchs came here during their migration. Normally they are at natural bridges, but they came here because of the rain. We walked... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Elizabeth P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lighthouse wasn't as big as I expected, and you can't go up inside it. A surfing museum is inside, but it was closed on the day we were there. The point is a very nice, comfortable area to walk around, good walkways, good parking and great views of the bay, & surfers. We enjoyed it.

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Thank Kona W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here because we were told that the monarchs came here during their migration. Normally they are at natural bridges, but they came here because of the rain. We walked through the little woods area and saw thousands of butterflies in the trees! They cover the branches and look like pretty orange clusters. We stood and watched for a... More 

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Thank Elizabeth P
Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

This was the first brick lighthouse that I have seen and really enjoyed it. The twisted cypress trees on the outside added to its character. I was thrilled to see all of the surfing activity in the vicinity and it was a cool Santa Cruz vibe. It was great to see the locals below and the crabs go in and... More 

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Thank Oceandweller7
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

After a day of driving and enjoying the coast, coming back to Santa Cruz, we decided to continue on past our hotel and see surfing above the beach area. We watched them,meanwhile seeing an old lighthouse. It was convertd into a Surfer Museum! Original surfer equipment displayed made me realize how much the sport has changed!

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Thank Kerrista
Roseville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

The coast in this area is really beautiful. We were pleased to find parking and walking trails. We hope to return.

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Thank Anne G
San Marcos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Being a Lighthouse nut, I found this one interesting, but it is not one of the historic lighthouses. It has a really interesting use in that it is a Surfing Museum. Small Museum but lots of history about surfing in the area.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

A nice stop on the West Cliff circuit. Even the kids enjoyed looking at the old surf memorabilia. We took some great pictures and then spent some time watching all the surfers below.

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Thank yolofam4
Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

A must stop for any tourist interested in Santa Cruz Surf History. Not a very large museum with limited hours, but it has some great photos and surfboards on display. And, the location is a great place to see some surfers, provided the surf is up, and experience the diversified Santa Cruz culture. From here you can walk along West... More 

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

I have had many years of enjoying this pretty lighthouse. This was the first time I seen it light up the sky. Very wonderful.

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Charming parklike setting, at one of the most popular surf areas around. Free parking, so stop and enjoy the sites,and don't forget to watch the surfers down below.

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