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Santa Cruz Main Beach

Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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Just a wonderful place to walk on the beach and get some taffy on the pier!

I have been visiting this main beach area for since I was a child, love all the events and serene... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Erie, Colorado
Longest stretch of open beach until past Capitola, next to Boardwalk

This beach is the best known and lies in front of the Boardwalk amusement park, and so is also the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Len B
Santa Cruz, California
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This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
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  • Very good41%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
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Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been visiting this main beach area for since I was a child, love all the events and serene feeling with the wind on back and waves breaking. near the beach boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz. They have events often in the area also...More

Thank HeatherColoradogirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This beach is the best known and lies in front of the Boardwalk amusement park, and so is also the most crowded in the region. Pluses: Convenient to the Boardwalk and nearby restaurants and hotels; volleyball courts (and occasional tournaments); often sunnier and with gentler...More

Thank Len B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach located next to the boardwalk and is a clean, comfortable beach. While the water is always cold, the beach is inviting.

Thank Lee G
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Our boys loved jumping in the Pacific Ocean - but boy was it cold! The beach is big, sandy and reasonably clean, although lots of seaweed has washed up on one side of the warf. There are manned lifeguard towers about every 200m and we...More

Thank Helena L
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Fun beach, my boys joined a volleyball game, lovely views and access to the pier where sea lions were lounging, nice beach!

Thank 584FamilyR
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Parking is reasonable at $10/day. It's very busy no matter the day, so be prepared. Cool shopping with unique gift items. On Mon and Tuesday board walk rides and food are cheap! Rides are fun. Waves are ok, but cold water usually, so be prepared.

Thank Joshuag9
Reviewed 9 August 2017

When I come to Santa Cruz I usually have a bit of stress to shed. What better way than to start at either the board walk or the other side of the bay where the river meets the sea, and just start walking. that sand...More

Thank Droundy
Reviewed 23 July 2017

If you are looking for a romantic beach, perhaps a nice walk along the beach, build a sandcastle type beach, this isn’t for you. This is a tourist place galore. It was also the reason we were there. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is world famous...More

Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 17 July 2017

This is one place I really had a good time with my family. The beach was awesome the Boardwalk was fun good rides good food and lots of fun.

Thank Ronny E
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

This place is super crowded and has people of all ages enjoying the sun, beach ,playing games having their own gud time!! It's more like a fun beach than a romantic beach!! Lot of Yachts, boats etc are ther... That was indeed a good experience...More

Thank Nithu J
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18 July 2017|
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Response from john v | Reviewed this property |
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
2 April 2015|
Response from Exigeken | Reviewed this property |
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