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One of the best and most popular beaches in the United States for learning to surf.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
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Santa Cruz, CA
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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 SanMo
Reviewed 12 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
Reviewed 4 March 2017

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

Thank tootropic
Reviewed 13 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
Reviewed 14 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
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Can be crowded -- but the surf us usually tame, and it's easy to get on and off the beach. This is a great place to learn to surf, as it has a wide shallow break.

Thank Kate320
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Easy to access. Close to Boardwalk attractions. West of the pier - smaller beach. Somewhat dirty, sand and water. Good spot just to stick your toes in or visit. I am not a surfer. My favorite part of this beach was being able to see...More

Thank NashvilleNative88
Reviewed 5 July 2016

This is the spot where surfers head out to catch waves. It is a nice spot for people watching. There is a lot of seaweed on the beach. Which I guess is nature so it is what it is. Also during the week there is...More

Thank Christina W
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

It's really such a shame that this beach is so gross- it could be beautiful. But the seaweed is left everywhere to rot and stink. Swarms of flies land all over you no matter what you do. 4th of July weekend, you think the city...More

1  Thank hannahbannana
Reviewed 27 June 2016

What a great location to surf for the first time! Nice waves, but shallow enough to be relaxed while trying to get up for the first time.

Thank Jeddahduc
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