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Address: Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, CA
Activities: Swimming
Description: This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing...
This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
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Can't beat the price and can be real fun!!!

This was covered in my review of the Santa Cruz boardwalk. The beach is a great place to go on a budget or just to get some "relax time". For volleyball players (I'm NOT one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Hollister, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The beach is mostly clean, but trash cans litter the walkways, and usually overflowing. During the summer the beach can get very crowed. There is a walkway to allow those in wheelchairs to get closer to the chore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

The beach is quite big and very clean - at least at the start of the day! With the Boardwalk as a backdrop its a magical place. Movies and concerts on the beach add to nighttime entertainment.

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San Angelo, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Santa Cruz is absolutely gorgeous and a walk on the beach is always calming with the birds, ocean breeze and sand between your toes and did I mention the sunsets. OMG!

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I was amazed at how clean the beach was the day we were there with our grandchildren. The kids had a great time burying themselves in the sand!

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San Rafael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This was covered in my review of the Santa Cruz boardwalk. The beach is a great place to go on a budget or just to get some "relax time". For volleyball players (I'm NOT one), the many many reasonably well maintained courts appear to hold the promise of as much volleyball paying as even the most avid player would want!... More 

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Odense, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Central in Santa Cruz. The beach is right by the pier and boardwalk! Restaurants and entertainment is round the corner!

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Ahmedabad, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Santa Cruz beach is a nice place to relax. It has a big amusement facility with many different types of rides, lot of games and many eateries with wide variety of food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I had an opportunity to visit santa cruz and walk by the beach during my short stay in san francisco. I loved every moment of it... it was a little crowded but it was awesomw including the theme park... i recommend anyone visiting that part of carlifonia to visit santa cruz

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Need to know where to rent metal detectors to use on Santa Cruz, CA Beaches, please respond if you have information. Thanks!

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Arroyo Grande, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Right in front of the boardwalk this large beach makes access to food and drink and amusements very accessible. Popular with tourists not locals.

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Address: Address: Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz

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