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Santa Cruz Main Beach

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Address: Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing...

This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.

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Camped on Beach

Disappointed with the amount of bottles on the beach. Expected they had cleanup crews to take care of this daily.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
SandyPisces
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San Lorenzo, California
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

santa cruz main beach is great but on hot days it get overcrowded. sometimes it is a somewhat dirty. some days in santa cruz are foggy and it does not make it for a pleasant stay.

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San Lorenzo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Disappointed with the amount of bottles on the beach. Expected they had cleanup crews to take care of this daily.

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Thank SandyPisces
Sonoma County, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

I found it interesting that there were so many beach umbrellas. When I was a teenager, we didn't use umbrellas. I think everyone is so afraid of skin cancer, that they're giving up what the Sun provides: Vitamin D. Everyone was having a wonderful time however, and that's the point, isn't it?

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Amritsar, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

We drove to Santa Cruz beach from San Mateo with high hopes of a good beach experience after seeing forecast of 22 degrees temperature . Finding a parking place was a big task-it took 45 minutes to do that. The beach is not so big so they have made captive reservoir of water to have a canal type additional space... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We have been visiting beaches along the California Coast. The beach was clean, not overcrowded, and the waves were calm. A nice family visit.

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Westford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We enjoyed a nice long walk on this sandy beach. Clearly a spot for families, who no doubt will be lured to the rides and amusements along the boardwalk. Very pretty views.

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Thank sabrinayb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We spent two full days at this beach in June. The weather was perfect and the water, though a bit cold was enjoyable for our kiddo's. We saw many sea lions swimming near by. Great family beach!

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

the beach is right next to the pier. the main attraction besides the ocean are the sea lions. the water is cold almost all year compared to the Atlantic but the sand is great and it never rains.

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Sunnyvale, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

So many childhood memories, but don't remember it being so crowded. It is definitely not as clean, as I remember. In fact, on our last visit, there were signs posted confirming this.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This beach is crowded and has an awesome nature in the evenings. The beach as such is very busy with people all around and it's strictly advisable for those who like crowded beaches and also would like to have your foot drenched in the beach waters for a walk.

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