Explore Panther Beach

Panther Beach - Search Nearby - Added by Conor Barry

Hard to find, secluded beach north of Santa Cruz. A beautiful hike-in beach surrounded by sandstone cliffs. Tidepools, caves, and bouldering. Great photography.

Panther Beach's white sand, clear water, and interesting rock formations make it one of the most stunning beaches along this stretch of CA1. But this is a hidden gem for a reason - there are no signs along CA1 for Panther Beach. You need to keep you eyes peeled for cars parked along the side of the road. Once you park, you'll walk across the railroad tracks, and hike down to the beach. The hike is not long, but it's just a bit slippery and steep at points. Keep this in mind if you're hauling a bunch of picnic supplies (it's doable, just grab a friend to help).

Once you get down to the beach, we recommend that you continue around to the left and head through the natural arch in the cliff and set up camp at Hole in the Wall Beach. The extra work is worth it - it's a bit more secluded and a pretty amazing spot.

There is no public restroom at this beach. Also, nudity is allowed, but alcohol and fires are not, so use your best judgement...on all counts.

Activities

Chillin

Beach
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildflowers

Nearby Lodging

From $100/night

Walkabout

Santa Cruz, California

From $120/night

Serene Redwood Retreat

Ben Lomond, California

From $60/night

Outsite // Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA

Pescadero, California

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Great for Sunset Photos!

A very cool spot especially at low tide when you can go through the arch. It was high tide when we went, so we'll definitely be back to explore some more!

Beautiful hike, not too crowded usually.

Tours

More Tours

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Photographing the Sunset at Panther Beach

Adventure

Beach Picnic at Shark Fin Cove

Adventure

Seaside Ride Along Old Cove Landing

Adventure

Photograph the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

More Nearby Adventures