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Santa Cruz Main Beach

Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #20 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Beaches, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Amusement/ Theme Parks
Activities: Swimming
Description: This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
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Cologne, Germany
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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192 reviews 192 reviews
95 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Seems like every year the shape of the beach changes due to weather/rain etc. Still a great beach and you hear the wonderful sounds of the boardwalk while relaxing!

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Lakeport, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a beach which can and should be missed. If you are into having to watch your every step while walking down the beach, then this is your spot. I have never seen this much garbage at the beach ever! I understand there are thousands of visitors every day, but there needs to be staff regulating the litterers. There... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I love the sand on this beach! It was relaxing to let the kids play and take in all the sights around us. There are seagulls and it is a bit crowded but I would definitely return. The water can be pretty powerful (it is the Pacific ocean after all) so I didn't let the kids go out too far... More

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Austin, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I have gone to this beach once a week for the past 2 months. It is a very nice beach. As the summer goes on it definitely gets more and more crowded. There is a boardwalk. If you purchase the season passes it is definitely worth the price, just get there right when it opens so the lines are not... More

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Vancouver, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I've been to the boardwalk and wharf at Santa Cruz. On a recent trip, the weather was perfect and we found a nice spot on the beach. It was relaxing. However, the boardwalk is so crowded that its hard to move without bumping into people. The food is overpriced but I tried the crab garlic fries and they were excellent.

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Aliso Viejo, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The beach was filled with birds and sea garbage, as well as, garbage from beach combers. We have been on a lot of Ca beaches and have to admit that this was one of our least favorites. However, you can post up for the day, but be fore warned this is not the cleanest beach in CA.

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