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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 #19 of 53 Activities in Santa Cruz
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Beaches, 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: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Beaches, 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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298 reviews 298 reviews
109 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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7 reviews 7 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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125 reviews 125 reviews
41 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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31 reviews 31 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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103 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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San Jose, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We went here for the first time , so ended up paying $12 for parking opposite to the broad walk . May be next time we could check for off street parking . It was crowded on a Saturday . Sand is not bad but there is lot of sea weed all over ... Otherwise it is very nice beach... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you like to play volleyball, this is the right beach. There's also plenty space on the beach to play other sports - and you'll need to, cause the weather tends to be kind of cold on this beach, and it's also windy.

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