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“Unspoilt” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Santa Cruz Main Beach

Santa Cruz Main Beach
Along Beach St. west from San Lorenzo River, Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #20 of 33 attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Beaches, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Amusement/ Theme Parks
Activities: Swimming
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Owner description: This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
swansea
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Unspoilt”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Amazing for it's diversity - we saw everything from wildlife - birds in particular and great activity in the water, to a wedding and along West Cliff surfers. The dedicated seating bench in memory of surfers who had perished in the waters was particularly poignant as we met a young girl whose partner had succumbed to the waves!

Visited September 2012
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Walnut Creek, Califonria
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Some things don't change”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Since 1981 neither Santa Cruz or Capitola city has had an antinudity statute, and attempts to pass them have been unsuccessful, so you may see a topless gal or two. The city cleans the beach and does a good job. You will get your fill of homeless soles and free music!

Visited October 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“It's a beach”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Dirty, crowded, worst beach in County besides Boardwalk. No access to this filthy excuse of sea. At least it keeps the tourist away from OUR good beaches,

Visited November 2011
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SF Bay area
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Always a great beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Being born and raised in the SF Bay area, I've been visiting the beach boardwalk since I was a kid. Then as a teenager and into my 20's, made many trips with husband and friends. We always have a great time on Main Beach and find it to be clean and safe. Over Labor day, a few families got together for a picnic and everyone enjoyed the mid to high-70's, which is hard to get on the coast. Even the breeze was pleasant and not too windy for the umbrellas all over the beach. Our toddler enjoyed playing in the sand, which was free from debris and trash. There are trash cans placed well in every section and for the most part, people use them. By the end of the day; however, these cans were overflowing and the seagulls made a good mess carrying trash out of the cans. Throughout the day, the beach police made their presence, riding around to make sure it was safe, no alcohol, etc. This added a sense of relief knowing that they were around, especially with so many kids on the beach. Since I am reviewing the beach, I won't dwell too much on the traffic gridlock making our way out of town in the evening. But it is a small town and expected holiday weekend traffic. Overall, had a wonderful time and would return again and again!

Visited September 2012
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trumpton
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“space and sand”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Liked: lots of room even in high season, short distance to many cafes bars and restaurants, nice clean sand and good views
Disliked: medium distance from parking places, hard to get a free volleyball court

Visited August 2012
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