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“board walk”(4 reviews)
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This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed 23 October 2018

You can sit on an outcrop and watch the surf go in and out for hours. The beach is expansive and clean with a good view of the boardwalk and funfair.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank CathySiz
Reviewed 2 October 2018

If you are visiting Santa Cruz, this is definitely the spot for you. Located by the Boardwalk, restaurants and the wharf. No need to go anywhere else. Everything you need is right there.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bigwaves4fun
Reviewed 10 September 2018

I have been coming to this beach my entire life. I love the hustle and bustle of the rides on one side and the pier on the other. I visit every chance I get!

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Karla J
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Very clean beach! Kids took frisbee and enjoyed the evening. Lots of volleyball nets, so take a ball! Fun to watch the surfers!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank schmidtmomto6
Reviewed 19 July 2018

I walk on this beach and look for things- not finding a lot recently- there has not been rain so thereis a red tide- the water is not safe to swim in but theres a beach and volleyball etc.. people cook out here and have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank WillS1706
Reviewed 18 July 2018

We went to Santa Cruz on a warm summer day. We went to the Boardwalk and the Main Beach. Lots of people were there having fun in the summer sun.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mini
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

A good beach with a lot of space and things to do including volleyball. Parking is reasonable opposite the boardwalk. Toilets and shows are all good.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Michael B
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Sand, Sun & Surf you can't go wrong fun fun fun Oh and the Boardwalk is an amazing amusement part. Good rides including the Big Dipper

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank makeitso4u
Reviewed 5 July 2018

This has been one of my favorite cities we have been to while on vacation. We stayed in an ocean front room and it was so relaxing at night listening to the waves crashing, the ocean life and feeling the ocean breeze coming through our...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Diona H
Reviewed 13 June 2018

Sunshine, volleyball, frisbee, palm trees and sandy toes! That's how you know you have made it to California! A great beach to take a swim, play some games, bring your friends or family and just relax.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Tyler H
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26 April 2018|
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Response from JohnInItaly | Reviewed this property |
Weekdays are easier for traffic.Although the traditional memorial day Aptos music festival has died, check local venues on line, if you like live music. Spend the daylight hours outside. Downtown Santa Cruz is not good past... More
18 July 2017|
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Response from john v | Reviewed this property |
I live right above the boardwalk and usually take a blanket down in the morning and set up on the sand right outside of the limit ropes as do many locals or you can wait until 4:30 and go into the concert area to set up... More
2 April 2015|
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