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Cowell's Beach

Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #21 of 29 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Surfing
Owner description: One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Surfing
Owner description: One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
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English first
Santa Cruz, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is the beach and break I learned to surf at and I still surf here almost every day so that being said..It truly depends on why you are visiting the beach. Cowell's offer's an awesome long-boarding break for winter surfing, especially on the out side near Indicators and can get pretty big during NW swells that roll in.This is... More 

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a nice beach right to the right of the Wharf, it is a little quieter and smaller then the Main Beach which is on the other side of the Wharf you can walk easier to each just under the Wharf and you on the main beach, Cowell is a lounging beach no volleyball nets, bring your chair or... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The beach looks untidy and very dirty , not inviting at all . Hardly anyone on it during the day . The surfers seem to use it early morning only . Would highly recommend the beach over the wharf that has fab volleyball provision .

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Santa Cruz, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
48 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

I swim open water. This beach used to be a favorite. The water quality has been terrible for some time now. Santa Cruz Sentinel ran a story recently how bad it is. In addition, there are drug issues on land. Needles have been turning up. Stick to the other side of the wharf.

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Beach is dirty and contaminated. Not safe usually for body contact. Check the local Sentinel which posts the water quality for beaches in the area. Wouldn't let anyone I know swim there. Watch for druggies and needles and syringes on the beach. Big problem.

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Santa Cruz, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Warning. This beach has problems with drug addicts leaving trash and syringes/needles on the beach. The water quality has tested as one of the dirtiest in California. It's beautiful beach, but because of these problems many locals no longer allow their kids there. The Santa Cruz City Council has recently put a 10 pm curfew on the beach to prevent... More 

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Aptos, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I met my husband there 40 plus years ago, so I may be biased. Best part of Santa Cruz Main beach, imo.

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San jose
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Beach was dirty with litter. The surf was nice and great views but just clean enough for a family to feel comfortable.

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Denver, Colorado
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93 reviews 93 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a great place to hang out and watch the surfers. It's can get crowded on the weekends but is pretty quiet during the week. The are some pretty good parking choices if you get there early enough.

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Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
8 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Easy break for the beginner surfer. Can be crowded from time to time. parking can be tough, but a easy walk from the boardwalk and hotels.

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