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Santa Cruz Main Beach

Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #19 of 33 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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Chico, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Boardwalk is always nice to walk around and check out the rides and food, except it is very crowded. Walked around for little bit and decided to check our wharf and other beaches, much better experience for our family but still a great place to visit.

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Salinas, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I have been going to this beach since I was a kid and I've always felt safe here - even though you will definitely see your share of homeless people and somewhat "shady" characters who may ask you for money or try and sell you something, there is generally a lot of security and police presence and like any tourist... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Didn't like the seaweed and I thought the water would be warmer in July but the beach was nice, there was plenty of room to sunbathe .

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

A day spent at the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk is a fun day for everyone. While this is a busy beach the boardwalk makes it all worth it. The boardwalk has carnival games, roller coasters, mini golf (inside), laser tag and bowling. The purchase of unlimited rides with 2 attractions is under $35. A very good deal. There are... More

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Sacramento, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The San was soft, there weren't any shelles for my kids to collect but oh well... I really wish the city would do something about the homeless it was time for us to leave when a homeless couple began bathing in the ocean right in front of my kids...

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Great beach, but no waves at all. This is a nice beach. What I really like about it is seeing the boardwalk in the background. There is not too long of a walk to the actual water, and bathrooms and food galore are right where you can get to it easily. Take a stroll on the wharf and go down... More

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Santa Cruz, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This beach has been ranked the most polluted beach in California. It's beautiful but don't play in the water.

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I was in the Saratoga area for business and had 3 hours to kill. I stopped at a local CVS for a beach towel, flip flops, and some sunscreen. After a short 30 minute drive from the forests full of redwood giants I was so surprised to find this stunning, clean, sandy beach complete with a boardwalk and seals! The... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Lots to see on Santa Cruz beach , at the end of the pier the sea lions live in the wooden rafters and huddle in the sea . The boardwalk is fun and free if you are not riding the attractions and the beach is wide and sandy with a few good restaurant stops

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Sunnyvale, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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...

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