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“Cowell's Cove” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cowell's Beach

Cowell's Beach
Santa Cruz, CA
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Ranked #21 of 29 Attractions in Santa Cruz
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
Activities: Surfing
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Owner description: One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
Santa Cruz, California, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Cowell's Cove”
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 a super crowded spot during the weekends and sunny days so watch out and don't get run over by a beginner surfer or a local that has already been run over and cut off too many times that day already. The vibe is chill though, probably the best in town and you will see some of the best long-boarders surfing and walking their boards up and down the faces of these waves.
If you are not a surfer and at Cowell's to enjoy the sand it is over all good through my eyes. If there is trash on the beach(especially if you live in Santa Cruz) pick it up and quit complaining. We have a lot of tourism in this town and people do trash our beaches so just do your part and clean up after yourselves and no problem.
Love this break and TOEs-TO-THe-noSE

Visited November 2013
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English first
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great surf spot just below the Dream Inn and the Santa Cruz Wharf.”
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 blanket and watch the Surfers, Its Clean and has Bathrooms close by, Parking is Sparse but a big lot for a reasonable price is close by..I go to Cowells often and enjoy it pictures beauty and I love to watch the surfers, there are many Mom with Kids..recommended to all visitors to Santa Cruz

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Dirty beach”
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 .

Visited July 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
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48 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Poor Water Quality”
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.

Visited June 2013
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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Dirty Beach”
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.

Visited May 2013
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