pleasure point

Pleasure Point is an iconic Santa Cruz neighborhood situated on a beautiful stretch of coast. It might be a small neighborhood, spanning from approximately 30th Avenue to 41st Avenue, but it has a big history. This beachside haven is home to one of the biggest surfing hotspots in Santa Cruz. Directly in front of famed surfer and businessman Jack O’Neill’s house, the “O’Neill” surf break has become a legendary spot. Though Pleasure Point doesn’t have the shopping districts that other Santa Cruz neighborhoods have, residents can do most of their shopping and dining in nearby Capitola.

 Attractions

 

 
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Pleasure Point Street Fair

Every year, the Pleasure Point community comes together for the Street Fair. Held on Portola Drive between 41st and 38th Avenue, the Street Fair is packed with things to do. If you want to support local music, you can watch six bands perform different genres of music, including Americana, blues, rock, reggae, and surf music. There will be a beer garden featuring New Bohemia Brewing Co.’s lagers, wine, and mimosas, plenty of great food, and even a skateboard contest. It’s a lot of fun!


O’Neill House

Locals all know who owned the big green house on the shore. The famous full-bearded, eye-patched businessman Jack O’Neill spent the last 50 years of his life in his Pleasure Point home. Before his death in 2017, he was often seen driving around the neighborhoods in his Jaguar, striking up conversations with local surfers. O’Neill coined the phrase “surf shop” and invented the wetsuit so he could surf longer in the cold waters of Northern California. He went on to create the widely respected O’Neill surf brand and spent the rest of his days teaching ocean stewardship to elementary school children through his “Sea Odyssey” nonprofit organization. The Pleasure Point community now celebrates “Jack O’Neill Day” in honor of his life, and the O’Neill house has become a fixture for the neighborhood.

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Recreation

 

 
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Surfing

Considered one of the top surf spots in all of Santa Cruz County, it should come as little surprise that Pleasure Point has a vibrant surf culture. What makes this area such a popular surf spot is its incredible breaks and wave varieties that are perfect for beginners and experts alike. Of course, this can lead to crowded beaches, but surf etiquette is top-notch in Pleasure Point, so everyone gets a chance to ride the waves. The locals also have their own spots that attract fewer visitors, like “The Hook,” which is a bit more hidden than the major breaks by the O’Neil house, giving surfers a less crowded environment.

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Pleasure Point Beach

Just below the coastal bluff of East Cliff Drive is Pleasure Point Beach. It’s a small but beautiful stretch of coast that’s surrounded by California foliage and rock formations. Depending on the tide, you can walk down the sandy shore and explore tidepools, watch surfers, take a swim, and even take your dog for a scenic walk. It’s not as big as some of the other beaches in Santa Cruz, but it’s absolutely beautiful.

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