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Santa Cruz Main Beach

Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Great Family Beach

The Santa Cruz beaches, on each side of the wharf, are great family beaches. The wave action is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lynn S
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Santa Cruz, California
Gorgeous sandy beach, welcome to California!

Surfers, beach volleyball, waves, kids, such fun!!! The beach has 6 or 8 volleyball nets which... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AreWeThereYetMama
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Vancouver, Canada
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This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good41%
  • 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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"seaweed"
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"lorenzo"
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"capitola"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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’

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 2 March 2018

We drover down from San Francisco and spent the whole day in town plus loved spending time at the beach. So much fun watching the surfers in the water too!

Thank BDS62
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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

We stayed in our hotel about a five-minute walk away from this beach so every morning and late afternoon I walked it very nice and The Wharf is nearby they also have several volleyball courts on the beach and they played pretty much from dawn...More

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Reviewed 9 February 2018

This beach has been around a long time and is family friendly, however, the signs say No pets on the beach yet there are pets most of the times I have been there. If there are going to be rules then they should be enforced.

Thank marina404
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

My family had a great time. It would be perfection if the water were just a little warmer! Gorgeous there with great vibe!

Thank K G
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

I’m always a little disappointed at this beach. It’s convenient because it’s right outside the boardwalk, but it’s always littered with cigarette butts and trash even though there are garbage cans every 50 feet or so. It’s very busy, and can sometimes be rowdy at...More

Thank AmyJune H
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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
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