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Address: Santa Cruz, CA
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One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning...

One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.

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Beginner Surfing 1-Day - Santa Cruz
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Less crowded than the beach in front of the boardwalk

This is the spot where surfers head out to catch waves. It is a nice spot for people watching. There is a lot of seaweed on the beach. Which I guess is nature so it is what it is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Christina W
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Decatur, Georgia
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Decatur, Georgia
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the spot where surfers head out to catch waves. It is a nice spot for people watching. There is a lot of seaweed on the beach. Which I guess is nature so it is what it is. Also during the week there is Jr. Lifeguard camp so it is pretty crowded with kids.

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Chico, CA
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98 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's really such a shame that this beach is so gross- it could be beautiful. But the seaweed is left everywhere to rot and stink. Swarms of flies land all over you no matter what you do. 4th of July weekend, you think the city would have raked the rotting stinking seaweed. It was horrible on both sides of the... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great location to surf for the first time! Nice waves, but shallow enough to be relaxed while trying to get up for the first time.

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Needles and human feces can be found here on the regular. Would never go here especially with children. Santa Cruz County has many beautiful beaches but this one is to be avoided.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

very popular beach for the tourists. Public restrooms, wharf for walking and eating some restaurants... come earliest as the best to park..

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Pine Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Cowell's is a great beach for learning to surf or just enjoying the beach. Next to the wharf and near the Boardwalk.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Another pretty beach area. You can see seals swimming around in the water, surfers riding the waves, and lots of people there just to enjoy the view. It's near the wharf and is a popular spot for locals. The Boardwalk Amusement Park beach is down the street and is more crowded, so people like to come here instead. Beautiful views.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We stayed on this beach at the Dream Inn. A plus for the hotel and us. The beach is beautiful with volley ball courts too. We heard the sea lions at the end of the wharf. The cliff is outstanding to walk near and look at.....we loved this beach.

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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Cowell's Beach holds a big and sentimental place in my heart. I learned how to longboard at this beach when I was twelve years old. The beach is close to Dream Inn Hotel (lux hotel), the Wharf, and the Boardwalk. Best for Summer when there is Junior Guards training and movies on the beach. Also ideal year round for surfing,... More 

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Santa Cruz
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

By the pic. above it looks like the lane, the beach is a differnt pic. most of the time the beach is open. when it is, its good, spent many a day there in my youth. fun for family.

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