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Beginner Surf Lesson in Santa Cruz
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One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good28%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible11%
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“dream inn” (10 reviews)
“cowells” (4 reviews)
“surf” (16 reviews)
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Santa Cruz, CA
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"cowells"
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"surf"
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"wharf"
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"tourists"
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"parking"
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"cliffs"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The spirit of Aloha in Santa Cruz....on a good day. Most days are. I learned to surf here. It's a really fun wave with a nice group of devoted Cowell's surfers.

Thank abrams227ba
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Reviewed 26 December 2017

the water is so bad at the beach no one outta be going into the water at all. the water is so polluted youd catch a virus from that filth

1  Thank Will S
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This is where the surfers go, and the cliffs are a great spot to watch them, but it is not a nice beach, in front of the Dream Inn, with all the garbage from the homeless people.

1  Thank JohnInItaly
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

Right in front of the Dream Inn, this beach is a nice little spot for beginner surfers. It's on the other side of the wharf from the main beach so its a little less crowded.

Thank April V
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

This was my least favorite beach in Santa Cruz. It wasn’t very clean or there must have been some kind of activity. We were there 10 minutes, there were more surfers and that was the end of that. Don’t waste your time here.

3  Thank Daniel A
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Reviewed 7 June 2017

Lotsa tourists and non surfing locals on the sand. Further out, I see Cowells as access to a very mellow wave for learning to surf. Hire a board, go to school and after your vacation you can say you surfed and surfed at "surf city"...More

Thank Summerasalifestyle
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

A perfect beach in Santa Cruz, surfers, sand dollars, sea shells, sand castles, rocky cliffs and views to the western ocean...

Thank douglas w
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Good family beach, next to wharf with shops restaraunts, clean bathrooms Outdoor showers. Parking can be hard to find

1  Thank tootropic
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

We're staying at the Dream Inn, which is right on the beach. Lots of activity all day, but not overly crowded. Plenty of restaurants & other activities nearby.

Thank DanaJ0
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Reviewed 15 September 2016

Great spot for people viewing while laying on the beach. Kind of away from the main tourist section on the beach.

Thank Globewalker13
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Response from douglas w | Reviewed this property |
Yes to all of your questions. Great beach and recommended.
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