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Santa Cruz Main Beach

Address: Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #20 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Beaches, Amusement/ Theme Parks, Amusement
Activities: Swimming
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Owner description: This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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Cologne, Germany
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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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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
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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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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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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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