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“Love this beach.”
Review of Cowell's Beach

Cowell's Beach
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Beginner Surf Lesson in Santa Cruz
Ranked #28 of 83 things to do in Santa Cruz
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Owner description: One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
Sacramento, California
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Love this beach.”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is my favorite Santa Cruz beach. In the summer, free Friday night concerts. We love that we can lay on the beach and then go walk around the boardwalk, and then go back and lay on the beach some more. No alcohol permitted on the beach.

Visited August 2012
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Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 403 helpful votes
“Watersports Abound”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Cowell's Beach is the Dream Inn's beachfront, and as such, it feels fairly private. A locked beach level door affords guests easy access to showers and the pool area one floor above, and a security guard makes certain that interlopers don't enter the private enclave.

Bordered by the wharf pier and a rocky cliff outcropping, the beach is manicured each morning by machine and is pretty clean as a result. Locals tend to favor open water swimming by the pier, as do paddle board enthusiasts. The waves are better near the rocky outcropping, so surfers tend to hike down to that far end. The beach is expansive and never too crowded, even on the weekend.

Visited September 2012
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Ensenada, Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Good for beginners”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

This was where I learned to surf nearly 25 years ago. It is a timeless, surf classic. Good aloha spirit amongst the surfers and one of the best spots to take your kiddos if they want to learn to surf. Crowds are large during summer months and very fickle due to tide influence.

Visited July 2012
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Aptos, California
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Nice beach near Boardwalk.”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Cowell's is actually a very nice beach with great waves for surfing be it beginner lessons or experienced. There is a nice wharf nearby to meander around and eat. The cons...beach trash left by tourists and the usually high fecal coliform bacteria rating of the water. If you take a dip, don't drink the water.

Visited July 2012
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Novato, California
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice place to learn to surf”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Nice beach not crowded, fun and clean..Saw many people learning to surf..My daughter did not want to learn this time around..

Visited July 2012
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