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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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GOOD BEACH RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BOARDWALK

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Arroyo Grande, California
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Arroyo Grande, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I like this beach, they have rides even a roller coaster, it is so cool at Santa Cruz. I enjoy meeting people, and frisbee flying with the pooch. The four star was do to my particular experience as this beach was jammed pack. The more people the more irritated they become, not to the point of a fight. I just... More 

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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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91 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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Top Contributor
354 reviews 354 reviews
133 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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