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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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San Rafael, California
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Sacramento, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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188 reviews 188 reviews
97 attraction reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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93 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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