Johnson’s Lee, Santa Cruz Island

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Johnson’s Lee, Santa Cruz Island also known as Playa Larga, Santa Cruz Island (Johnson’s Beach; Johnson’s Lee) [Sp., long beach], is on the southern side of the island to the east of Pozo Beach and Morse Point. At its eastern headland is Punta Arena, the site of a large prehistoric Chumash settlement. Almost two miles long, Playa Larga is one of the largest expanses of sandy beach found on Santa Cruz Island. An historic rough road from Pozo Beach ends at Punta Area. Gull Island lies directly offshore.

When the island was partitioned in 1925, this location was included in Tract No. 4 appointed to Arthur J. Caire.





In the News~

May 23, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Justice of the peace J. G. Shoup and Captain Charles Hanson left this afternoon in the latter’s launch Flyer for Santa Cruz Island, where they will spend Sunday, returning to Santa Barbara Monday morning. They will go to the seaward side of the island and camp at Johnson’s Reef, a place noted for its isolation, beauty of scenery, and its fishing.”