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Cowell's Beach

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Cowell's Beach

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Slick wrote a review Oct 2019
Bismarck, North Dakota119 contributions9 helpful votes
Surfers around, nice views for a city beach. Love the area and glad we came here. Much to explore and see.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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bigwaves4fun wrote a review Jul 2019
Santa Cruz, California47 contributions2 helpful votes
The Facts: Cowell's beach has the poorest water quality in the Monterey Bay. Good place for beginners to surf however, It is VERY crowded in the water which makes for poor surfing. Packed with clueless tourists all summer.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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HereWeGo39 wrote a review Jun 2019
17 contributions9 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Tia D wrote a review May 2019
71 contributions19 helpful votes
I read that there have been some issues with pollution at this beach but I couldn't see anything. The sand and the water were clean, so I had no worries on that end. There are showers you can use and parking lots. Great waves for surfing beginners.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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misty_bee_Wyo wrote a review May 2019
Sheridan, Wyoming1,583 contributions249 helpful votes
This beach was in walking distance of my Santa Cruz hotel -the small section of the beach near the wharf. It’s right off a crowded city area, so there is some trash debris, and the public restrooms were painfully nasty, but you can walk down the wharf where there are a lot of benches for sitting and viewing all the surfers and the ocean (also far cleaner restrooms down the wharf), and I never felt unsafe in this area as a solo female traveler -probably because there are so many people there at all times of the day / night. The quietest time with the least crowds was early in the morning, when I could find a place to sit on the beach with my coffee and watch all the surfers :)
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Date of experience: May 2019
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