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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

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Address: 5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA
Phone Number: 831-475-6161
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Description: Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as...
Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.
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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Santa Cruz, CA - is home to the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, the Surfer's Museum and of course the amazing beaches with beautiful sunsets, great waves and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Placerville, California
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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Santa Cruz Harbor Beach, Santa Cruz, CA - is home to the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, the Surfer's Museum and of course the amazing beaches with beautiful sunsets, great waves and lots of fun things to do. Great for family visits to the area.

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Wallasey, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A very clean beach, perfect for a morning or evening stroll accompanied by the sound of sea-lions. Nice board-walk with large fairground and a pier with a goodly range of seafood restaurants and bars.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Everything you need is here - sand, bogie boarding, sunshine, views, life guards, coffee and pastries, Margaritas, Mexican food, etc.

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Kingsburg, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

It's a beautiful beach. Very peaceful at night! People are also very helpful and friendly. You can camp out on the beach, as well as take a taxi that's a boat to tour the beach itself. You really have to see it for yourself. The sand feels lovely on your feet. Also the light house is beautiful itself :)

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Beautiful beach, although it can be a little tricky to find. Parking can also be a challenge. However, once you're there it'll be worth the effort.

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

This is a beach we like to go to for the sights and sounds of the harbor not necessarily the beach itself. It's a nice beach. Clean and just fine but the harbor is the star for us. The boats are beautiful. They are fun to look at and watch go in and out of the harbor. Great lunch stop.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

parking can be a challenge, but buy a permit and park in the neighborhood. A lot of restaurants- walk all the way around the harbor- very nice people living on boats, even an RV parking area as part of the SC Harbor

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful beach with a cafe and restaurants on the beach. Lots of tourists though and very little parking. Although you can park further down in the lower harbor lot, closer to the bridge if you can walk further.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

What Beach in Santa Cruz isn't a great Beach??!! Harbor Beach is a great beach where you can get some of the best sea front food and drink in Santa Cruz. The Crows nest often has live festival type events here throughout the summer with great music food and fun!

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El Dorado, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Several restaurants to choose from on the Harbor. It costs to park, but we only paid two bucks for an hour. You can watch sail boats, paddlers and divers coming and going. There is a great gift shop too

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