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Santa Cruz Main Beach

Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Sand between my toes!

Sunshine, volleyball, frisbee, palm trees and sandy toes! That's how you know you have made it to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Tyler H
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Florence, Italy
Ok Beach but a bit stinky near the pier

Whilst the beach itself is ok and there are activities on the beach such as sports like volleyball... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
travellerm68
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Brisbane, Australia
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This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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"people watching"
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"board walk"
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"amusement park"
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"sea lions"
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"river"
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"seaweed"
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"lorenzo"
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"capitola"
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Sunshine, volleyball, frisbee, palm trees and sandy toes! That's how you know you have made it to California! A great beach to take a swim, play some games, bring your friends or family and just relax.

Thank Tyler H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst the beach itself is ok and there are activities on the beach such as sports like volleyball the end of the beach near the pier really stinks... whether it is the seaweed or something else I am not sure but it isn't pleasant. The...More

Thank travellerm68
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there in April and needless to say the beach wasn't crowded. We enjoyed walking on the sandy beach and watching the ocean and the "volleyball players". The beach is expansive and has a nice boardwalk. There is not much going on at the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Surprisingly you can usually find a place to park. We love to walk here. The weekends can be crowded, there are restrooms available and it’s super fun to watch the surfers.

Thank lmyers21
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Reviewed 9 May 2018

Pack up the babies, bring the old ladies 'cuz everyone knows, this beach is the California white sand beach that everyone loves. Parking is a little pricey, but about normal in today's market. The beach doesn't get much more perfect than Santa Cruz Beach. We're...More

Thank 1beachbrat
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

The Santa Cruz beaches, on each side of the wharf, are great family beaches. The wave action is among the gentlest in the county, especially near the wharf and in front of the Dream Inn. There are many sand volleyball courts set up between the...More

Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Surfers, beach volleyball, waves, kids, such fun!!! The beach has 6 or 8 volleyball nets which fascinated my children (my son is incredibly disappointed that Canadians can only play at the beach a couple months a year, he discovered he loves the diving in the...More

Thank AreWeThereYetMama
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The main beach is always fun! It’s better during the off season because it’s not crowded. I love this beach and it was a LOT cleaner than last time we were there. I💗SC’

Thank gigidenise2015
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Great place to combine both..Had a seven day stay in february and really enjoyed the city... Very pleasant the beach experience , the surfers the waves...

Thank Hector M
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This is the biggest beach and one of the reasons city people flock to Santa Cruz. Near the Boardwalk and downtown.

Thank Thomas V
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Response from JohnInItaly | Reviewed this property |
Weekdays are easier for traffic.Although the traditional memorial day Aptos music festival has died, check local venues on line, if you like live music. Spend the daylight hours outside. Downtown Santa Cruz is not good past... More
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I live right above the boardwalk and usually take a blanket down in the morning and set up on the sand right outside of the limit ropes as do many locals or you can wait until 4:30 and go into the concert area to set up... More
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