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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

Address: 5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-475-6161
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Ranked #12 of 74 things to do in Santa Cruz
Owner description: Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and...
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Owner description: Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.

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San Jose, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Our family loves this beach...it's usually not overcrowded, the kids love to climb the rocks and comb the beach. It is perfect to sit and read, play frisbee and have a picnic lunch. Beautiful views and great food close by.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Had a great time here with friends. Came to a party on the end of one of the boat docks where a friend of a friend has a fishing boat. Great lighted boat parade. Everybody went to a lot of trouble and effort to decorate and light up their boats.

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Denair
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Great restaurant, The Crows Nest. It's not a fish food locale so go ahead and order the Hawaiian Hamburger with sweet onions! Good service, can eat indoors, outdoors, along the picture windows if inside, or upstairs for faster food such as sandwiches. Then take a brief walk out to the lighthouse

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Fremont, California
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1,282 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This is a popular beach to have a beach fire at in Santa Cruz. We have enjoyed it and since one can have a fire, its a good place to see the sun set and then continue into the evening. Its by the harbor area where there are a number of restaurants (Crow's Nest Restaurant as an example). Its a... More 

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Concord, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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23 helpful votes 23 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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68 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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