We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Santa Cruz Main Beach

Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, CA
Update attraction details
Ranked #19 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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.
Write a Review

61 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Sunnyvale, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

one of the top attraction in the bay area and it has lot to do, be water , games , food, fun world etc. Clean area, fun with kids... Missed BBQ. Nice options of food and play...

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, Calif
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This beach is a top tourist attraction because of the location and the activities. There is lots of room to lay out, play in the water, play volley ball, toss the frisbie or football or just hang out. No bbqing, alcohol, glass bottles, baseball, golf or smoking is allowed on beach. The water is not the cleanest around but lots... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jamestown, New York
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
29 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I tried to swim, but the water was freezing. There was a guy out there swimming laps along the beach. It's better to hangout on the sand but not great for swimming for sure.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Santa Cruz is the ideal California surfer's paradise, located on the northern tip of Monterey Bay. And the main beach located in front of the city's historic boardwalk is the perfect place to soak in the sun, play in the sand and splash in the sea. You'll hear the screams of riders on the old wooden roller coaster as well... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I had not visited the boardwalk and beach at Santa Cruz for about 10 years and since then they have really cleaned-up the boardwalk. I remember looking at the Gaint Dipper Roller Coaster thinking I would never ride it due to its condition. Now it looks safer as they spent some money repairing it. The beach was clean and well... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Our main Beach in Santa Cruz if filled with Volleyball nets, You can always find a game going on, and you can always join, The Beach is Clean, nestle between the Wharf and the Boardwalk play area ,Its a nice stretch to walk to the San Lorenzo River, Good enough to swim, Sand is white and pretty clean for a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
48 attraction reviews
346 helpful votes 346 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The boardwalk is easily the highlight of Santa Cruz, so it is difficult for the beach to match it. However this is an ok beach to hang out on a sunny day. There is a lifeguard on duty during summer which is comforting and there is a separate, quieter section of the beach with hardly any waves which is good... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I have to say this is the cleanest I have seen this beach in a while. Enjoyed all we did on our trip and met some great people locals and out of towners. Thanks Santa Cruz for the great trip. See you next year.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Noida, India
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Great experience, far away place from San Jose. I experiences sun set over there and lot of good places to eat. I wouldn't say that it is a log vacation spot but yes one day visit is a must.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We reached Santa Cruze from San Jose after an hour and a half Bus ride. First impression was really good very Clean City with lust of greenery around. We walked around 10 minutes from last Bus Stop to reach main Beach. Believe me I was shocked because one of our known local person exaggerated lot of things about the beauty... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Santa Cruz Main Beach also viewed


Been to Santa Cruz Main Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Santa Cruz Main Beach, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing