Thousand Steps Beach is a Mesa beach that is mainly a walking beach. The entrance steps are accessed at the end of Santa Cruz Blvd (just off Shoreline Dr). (The thousand steps are really about 150, but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.) It is a narrow stretch of beach so check the tide charts before going. Park along Santa Cruz Blvd or across Shoreline in the neighborhood.
Directions: From 101, take the Carillo St exit. Turn south toward the ocean. Follow the road over the hill which then turns Meigs Rd. Head through the light at Cliff Dr. The road bends and turns into Shoreline Dr. Santa Cruz Blvd is the first right. The steps are at the end of the street.
You might have this beach to yourself beside the many walkers going by. (Based on Google data, people only spent 30 minutes here.) It is a good place to socially distance unless the tide is high.
This is good for a beach walk or for older kids.
The sand was perfect for sand castles when we were there.
The slippery stairs end with a large jump down onto the beach (not great if you have very little kids or a lot of stuff).
There are are only about 8 parking spots on the dead end of Santa Cruz Blvd. It is not restricted but hard to come by.
|Entrance to the steps|
|Steps to the beach|
|West toward Arroyo Burro Beach|
|East Toward Shoreline Park and Mesa Lane Beach|