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Santa Cruz Main Beach

Address: Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #23 of 74 things to do in Santa Cruz
Type: Beaches, Piers & boardwalks, Amusement & theme parks, Amusement Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Swimming
Owner description: This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
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Type: Beaches, Piers & boardwalks, Amusement & theme parks, Amusement Parks, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Swimming
Owner description: This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.

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Santa Cruz, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Think of seals laying on top of each other or sardines laid out in a tin. That's this beach during the summer. Most tourists never really leave the area of the board walk to the quick walk down to the beach right in front is an easy call. If you don't mind crowds its fun. If you want to get... More 

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Campbell, California
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76 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a great beach and one of the places that made surfing popular. There are many volleyball courts on the beach and they are always busy. There are lots of things to do near by. Parking is available in two huge car parks. A lovely place to visit.

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133 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Great beach and lots of water activities to keep you entertained! 15 or so beach volleyball nets by the wharf and the river at the other end. Lots of space for your beach gear. A beach umbrella to bock the wind is handy.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

There are better beaches in the area but being close to the boardwalk helps this beach. Volleyball available too.

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Eatontown, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The main beach and surrounding beaches in Santa Cruz are clean and enjoyable. I highly recommend going there and also enjoy the historic Boardwalk, too.

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Santa Cruz, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is not a good representation of Santa Cruz beaches. It's crowded, dirty, the drug addicts shoot up and leave their needles in the sand to be stepped on....I could go on but no need. There are many wonderful beaches in Santa Cruz, this isn't one of them.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Santa Cruz beach is wide and clean. There are several fixed volleyball nets set up and at the weekend there are always people playing sports, jogging or just lying in the sun. There are lifeguards who operate in the summer but not in the fall which was surprising as the beach was very busy when we were there, The are... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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129 reviews 129 reviews
42 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Family fun on the beach, decent surf, and boardwalk nearby for even more fun. What better way for a family to spend a warm Sunday afternoon!!

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Cologne, Germany
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

probably the ugliest pacific beach i know. dirty, large swarms of flies...made me wanna run away...but where to? on the boardwalk nearly everything was closed...and that on a wonderful late summer day at 4pm...it was even hard to find accessible restrooms...next time I...no, there will be no next time!

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Derby, United Kingdom
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212 reviews 212 reviews
104 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Lots of activities on one part and families on another. Clean beach, no litter. plenty of space. The beach is quite wide therefore you can get away from the amusements.

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