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Santa Cruz Main Beach

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Address: Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing...

This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.

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Really Nice Beach

Santa Cruz has a lovely beach. It was very crowded when we were there but not half as busy as it was on our last visit, for the July 4th celebrations back in 2007! Now that was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Argyle, Texas
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great kind of quirky little beach town. Lots of nice little restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy the view of the ocean and watch the people walking by and nice little beach shops around. The area overall is very pretty, you can go from beautifully wooded areas close by to the ocean in a very... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard and read go things about Santa Cruz but on getting there I've never been to such a dirty place!!!! Homeless and the great unwashed everywhere. Not pet friendly at all. Wasted our day travelling to this dump

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Santa Cruz, California
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always a favorite for volleyball, swimming or a visit to the boardwalk. Nice long beach to walk on and great in the summer or just as good and less crowded in the winter.

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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a perfect location for families and friends. The beach is big and offers great entertainment with music and volleyball. You can go for a walk on the Wharf and enjoy the view of the Boardwalk, do some gift shopping, observe Seals and other funny animals that live here before going for some good food at a restaurant called... More 

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Thank Cherievani
Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice big beach right in front of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Lots of people having fun in the sun. Grab a snack on the boardwalk or have a picnic. A great place to relax.

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Santa Cruz has a lovely beach. It was very crowded when we were there but not half as busy as it was on our last visit, for the July 4th celebrations back in 2007! Now that was busy!!! Anyway, it's a lively stretch of coast with hundreds of beachside options for food and drink. The strand itself is really nice,... More 

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White Bear Lake, MN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love staying next to the main beach and boardwalk. Walk on the beach or sun. Go on to the boardwalk.We watched the many surfers from our motel. ( Sea and Sand) If you stay close to the beach you don't need to worry about parking. You can drive out on to the wharf and eat at the many restaurants. Lots... More 

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Oakley, California
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

a very well kept up Beach that is constantly groom not quite as good as the Carmel sand by Monterey. But the sand it's so soft at times it's squeaks between your feet. lots of people here sometimes I like to go to the left slide to the other side of the big rock ( you can walk thought it... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We accidentally found this lively place. Beautiful sandy beach and a small, but very well established, amusement park.

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Beach Volleyball was certainly popular on this beach as well as other beach activities such as sand castles.

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