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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 1 week ago

One way street straight to the center of the beach scene: Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Wharf, Boardwalk Bowl, multiple restaurants and shops are open all year for visitors and locals. Best full moon spot ever!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Linda T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beach itself is very beautiful. I can tell why it is so popular and crowded here. It's good to have a cozy day here. The only disadvantage is that there are too many visitors here. Otherwise I'll give it a 5 star rating.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank cmchou
Reviewed October 23, 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 October 2, 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 September 10, 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 July 20, 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 July 19, 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 July 17, 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 July 16, 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 July 7, 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
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April 25, 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
July 17, 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
April 1, 2015|
Response from Exigeken | Reviewed this property |
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