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Santa Cruz Main Beach

Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Very busy and not very clean

I’m always a little disappointed at this beach. It’s convenient because it’s right outside the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AmyJune H
Hollister, California
via mobile
Nice stretch of sand

Nice shore to stroll. Chilly waters. Just love the fact that there's the Beach boardwalk. Not at... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Vacaville, California
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This popular beach, with killer waves, is known as one of the top surfing spots in the world.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-5413
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’m always a little disappointed at this beach. It’s convenient because it’s right outside the boardwalk, but it’s always littered with cigarette butts and trash even though there are garbage cans every 50 feet or so. It’s very busy, and can sometimes be rowdy at...More

Thank AmyJune H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice shore to stroll. Chilly waters. Just love the fact that there's the Beach boardwalk. Not at all packed in winter, Boardwalk's rides are closed though during the weekdays.

Thank Maestro2471
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Located along the ocean in front of the Beach Boardwalk attraction, parking is expensive and crowds spill over from the Boardwalk. Good point is that there are plenty of food options with free entry to the Boardwalk, which is unmatched by any other county beach....More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 28 October 2017

its October mid week and plenty' of places open on the beach easy parking close to restaurant bars Warf clean well maintained beaches was and enjoyable time

Thank Seadpnedtraveler
Reviewed 10 October 2017

I have been visiting this main beach area for since I was a child, love all the events and serene feeling with the wind on back and waves breaking. near the beach boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz. They have events often in the area also...More

1  Thank HeatherColoradogirl
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This beach is the best known and lies in front of the Boardwalk amusement park, and so is also the most crowded in the region. Pluses: Convenient to the Boardwalk and nearby restaurants and hotels; volleyball courts (and occasional tournaments); often sunnier and with gentler...More

Thank Len B
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The beach located next to the boardwalk and is a clean, comfortable beach. While the water is always cold, the beach is inviting.

Thank Lee G
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Our boys loved jumping in the Pacific Ocean - but boy was it cold! The beach is big, sandy and reasonably clean, although lots of seaweed has washed up on one side of the warf. There are manned lifeguard towers about every 200m and we...More

Thank Helena L
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Fun beach, my boys joined a volleyball game, lovely views and access to the pier where sea lions were lounging, nice beach!

Thank 584FamilyR
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Parking is reasonable at $10/day. It's very busy no matter the day, so be prepared. Cool shopping with unique gift items. On Mon and Tuesday board walk rides and food are cheap! Rides are fun. Waves are ok, but cold water usually, so be prepared.

Thank Joshuag9
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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|
Response from Exigeken | Reviewed this property |
Have you tried atoolshed online?