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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA
831-475-6161
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Ranked #9 of 36 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Beaches
Description: Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.
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Castro Valley, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The sound of the waves crashing along the seashore, the perfectly blue skies mirroring the blue of the majestic Pacific, the smell of salt in the air as your breath is taken away by the sight of the cliffs in the distance...aah Santa Cruz, I dare think myself bewitched by thy indulgence.

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Gilroy, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Santa Cruz is not complete without a trip to the Santa Cruz Harbor Beach. Saturday mornings you will find a group of ukulele enthusiasts playing a full range of oldies but goodies. Restaurants offer great food - and OBTW, there is a free harbor shuttle to the other side of the harbor during the summer. Check out the boats -... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

As we live about 300 yards from this beach we are there almost every day and enjoy it as much as first time users. The fire pits are a nice added benefit that most beaches don't offer

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great little beach with fun volleyball courses and good (but cold) swimming. We are often in Santa Cruz and this is our proffered beach for sun and watching the water.

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Los Angeles, California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
56 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I loved being on this beach watching the dolphins, sea otters and seals play along the coast and in the kelp beds. Lots of paddle boarders braving the cold ocean water. The sand is nice and there are lots of interesting tidal pools. Great place to spend the day.

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Cafe El Palomar "Food is amazing. Service totally ... Location is great... right on the beach by the harbor, so good views, nice breeze.

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Santa Cruz, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Take your dog and sit on the outside deck at Aldo's for lunch, and watch the boats go in and out of the harbor. On Saturday mornings on the beach in front of the Crow's Nest restaurant you can hear a large group of ukelele enthusiasts play together for fun. IN the summer there is a ferry that takes you... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Face it, you are too old for the roller coaster, surfing looks cool but it will take years of falling till you're hanging ten. So what's in Santa Cruz, that will get your heart pumping while breaking a sweat. Whether you have an hour, an afternoon or all day, there's great scenic rides around Santa Cruz. Whether you haven't been... More

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Auburn, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Walking from one end of the Boardwalk and back is an experience in itself. Great rides, food and views make this a very special place.

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Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Spent the entire day walking through this area, and treated to close up views of Sea Lions! Beach is very clean and easily accessed.

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