Cowell's Beach

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One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
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DaveTurlock_ca
Turlock, ca142 contributions
Couples
I am not a professional photographer, but try to work in some good scenes for my DSLR from time to time. While staying in Santa Cruz Dec 10-13, 2012 Cowell Beach was an excellent shooting point especially at sunset. For some really nice shots of the bay and Santa Cruz, give this a try, I think you will like it....Good luck trip advisor fans.
Written December 13, 2012
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Michel V
New York City, NY193 contributions
Friends
I am an avid beach goer and I love the ocean. I visit Santa Cruz frequently and love to stop by Cowell's beach when in town. The view is beautiful from all angles. If you surf this is a great spot. Access is a bit tricky as you have to go down steep stairs, a bit difficult with a long board. The stairs lead you straight to the water. Very little sand and large rocks make it a bit difficult to access but once in the water the enchantment begins. Hang lose!
Written November 30, 2012
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HereWeGo39
21 contributions
Family
My daughter decided to take a surfing lesson in Hawaii two days prior to arriving in Santa Cruz for...more surf lessons! She had so much fun in Hawaii that I signed her up for more lessons in Santa Cruz since we'd be in California for another week post-Hawaii. The beach is close to everything: the wharf, the boardwalk, hotels, restaurants, shops. There are public restrooms and fresh water showers. Plenty of places close by to rent boogie boards, umbrellas, beach chairs, surf boards and wetsuits. Nice little beach, great for beginner surfers. I watched a lot of people exiting the water with huge smiles on their faces after surfing. Lots of tourists from foreign lands, families with kids, couples, people going for a walk or jog. Good place to spend the day!
Written June 22, 2019
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indigo2star
Santa Cruz, CA27 contributions
Family
Warning. This beach has problems with drug addicts leaving trash and syringes/needles on the beach. The water quality has tested as one of the dirtiest in California. It's beautiful beach, but because of these problems many locals no longer allow their kids there.
The Santa Cruz City Council has recently put a 10 pm curfew on the beach to prevent transients camping there. Time will tell if this improves the situation.
Written May 7, 2013
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giamhall
Santa Cruz, CA2 contributions
Solo
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.
Written May 7, 2013
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JeriLG
Santa Cruz, CA1,478 contributions
Family
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.
Written June 15, 2013
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Amber F
San jose3 contributions
Family
Beach was dirty with litter. The surf was nice and great views but just clean enough for a family to feel comfortable.
Written April 14, 2013
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carmamarie
Santa Cruz, CA216 contributions
Family
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.
Written June 19, 2016
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Daniel A
Beijing, China32,963 contributions
Couples
This was my least favorite beach in Santa Cruz. It wasn’t very clean or there must have been some kind of activity. We were there 10 minutes, there were more surfers and that was the end of that. Don’t waste your time here.
Written July 23, 2017
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hannahbannana
Penn Valley, CA169 contributions
Friends
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 pier. I wish so much we had gone somewhere else.
Written July 3, 2016
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