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Address: Santa Cruz, CA
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One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning...

One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.

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Stay North of the Pier & The Water is Healthy!

Cowell's beach is a great place to take your family or lover. SUper romantic in the evening and full of things to get in to: restaurants, rides, surf lessons (Club Ed Surf... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
Monica Micah R
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El Paso, Texas
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We stayed on this beach at the Dream Inn. A plus for the hotel and us. The beach is beautiful with volley ball courts too. We heard the sea lions at the end of the wharf. The cliff is outstanding to walk near and look at.....we loved this beach.

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Thank 127lucretiah
Sunnyvale, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Cowell's Beach holds a big and sentimental place in my heart. I learned how to longboard at this beach when I was twelve years old. The beach is close to Dream Inn Hotel (lux hotel), the Wharf, and the Boardwalk. Best for Summer when there is Junior Guards training and movies on the beach. Also ideal year round for surfing,... More 

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Thank LiveLoveManja
Santa Cruz
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

By the pic. above it looks like the lane, the beach is a differnt pic. most of the time the beach is open. when it is, its good, spent many a day there in my youth. fun for family.

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Thank 350eugenep
Santa Cruz, California
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211 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This beach is shorter than the one on the other side of the Municipal Wharf, but never terribly crowded. It not only has nice sand but it is also a great beginner surfer area. Often , surfers learn here and then go to the large waves on Steamer's Lane, just at the end of the cliff beside this beach. A... More 

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Thank Judybookdoc
El Paso, Texas
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Cowell's beach is a great place to take your family or lover. SUper romantic in the evening and full of things to get in to: restaurants, rides, surf lessons (Club Ed Surf School) and shopping. The beach itself has a reputation for sheltering dirty water. The truth is that you can have a solid day of learn to surf with... More 

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Thank Monica Micah R
Sunnyvale, California
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is a good beach for families of all ages. Surf is usually pretty gentle, as it is in the shadow of the famous "Steamer's Lane" where California surfing was born.

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Curacao
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

can be crowed , but is a very forgiving surf spot for beginners in particular. low tide is the best time to surf it.

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Thank colorblind123
Mountain View, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

A beautiful beach, but so much seaweed and it was really hard to get in the water this time. Gentle waves, safe for kids, but I would have preferred a beach without all this kelp and seaweed.

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Thank dolores612
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

It was the beach to hang out on when I was a kid living on the west side of town, but now it has changed. Not sure what happened, but it doesn't get the crowds anymore. It is next to the wharf so we do end up still visiting it rather than the Beach Boardwalk side where most of Silicon... More 

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Thank Michael G
Santa Cruz, California
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59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Cowell's Beach an entertaining place for your beach experience when in Santa Cruz. Can be sheltered from the wind by the cliffs and you can buy drinks nearby. Bored with sitting on the beach, then just get up and hit the mile long municipal wharf that is loaded with restaurants, shops, fishing and sea lions lounging on the underneath pier... More 

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