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“Another great west coast beach”

Santa Cruz Main Beach
Ranked #13 of 87 things to do in Santa Cruz
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Owner description: This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

The beach was beautiful, well kept and clean, the Boardwalk looked very spruce and well maintained although we did not go on any of the rides. However we were warned that at night it can be a little unsafe!

1  Thank Eleanore S
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

If you go to Santa Cruz, head for Natural Bridge State Park. They have a wonderful view of the ocean and rock formations. For a few months from October through January you can get to see the migration of the Monarch Butterfly in the grove within the park. The also have picnic areas and restrooms. There is an admission fee (seniors get a $ 1.00 reduction). They allow pets put usually not on the beach. Even in November there were folks in the water.

1  Thank C W
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is not a nice beach most of the time. It is often littered with garbage and there is a bacteria problem fairly frequently.....but...you probably won't be attacked by a shark.....maybe.

2  Thank R E K
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Santa Cruz Beach has always been a favorite Northern California beach for me. I've been going there for many, many years.

2  Thank Jack_and_Terry
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Amazing for it's diversity - we saw everything from wildlife - birds in particular and great activity in the water, to a wedding and along West Cliff surfers. The dedicated seating bench in memory of surfers who had perished in the waters was particularly poignant as we met a young girl whose partner had succumbed to the waves!

1  Thank David G
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