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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-475-6161
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Seaweed Madness

This is a beautiful little beach but the large amounts of seaweed piles make it almost unbearable... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jeajeapip
Beautiful

Great views and a nice beach. Spent July 4th here and had a really good time. Water was too cold... read more

Reviewed 5 April 2017
tnvol93
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Hixson, Tennessee
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Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA
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+1 831-475-6161
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful little beach but the large amounts of seaweed piles make it almost unbearable. We are beach people so we have no problem with some here and there but this was overkill. We were able to find a good spot but man,...More

Thank jeajeapip
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Great views and a nice beach. Spent July 4th here and had a really good time. Water was too cold for me to enjoy, but a lot of other people were swimming.

Thank tnvol93
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Such a fun and relaxed atmosphere, like taking a step back in time. The boardwalk is great fun, as are the amusement rides (before cocktails, though). The beach is rough and the water is cold, so not sunbathing here. The pier is fun with a...More

Thank LHW65
Reviewed 26 February 2017

It's hard to find a better sunrise or sunset that Santa Cruz Harbor Beach. The colors are so rich and vibrant. Fun to walk along the pier and watch/listen to the seals or watch the surfers. A little bit of paradise.

Thank casa1234
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Like the beach, but basically get bored after an hour or two? Harbor beach has an active volleyball crowd, both top notch players and play around jungle ball. Not snooty. Beach is a great spot for body surfing and skim boarding. ~ 7 months of...More

1  Thank David H
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We went to the Santa Cruz Harbor area for dinner. There is a nice beach there. One can also walk out to the lighthouse. We also walked by the harbor area.

Thank mini
Reviewed 8 December 2016

After driving from Southern California off the 101, This was a great place to stop and relax while watching the beautiful sunset. It also had close extra clean convenient restrooms. There was a small park and and open grass area for anyone even your Pups...More

Thank Jodee2017
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This is a fun place to picnic, meet a friend and walk or just to soak in the sun. The parking here was easy and there were plenty of people out on the water having happy hour cocktails and having fun. I loved walking in...More

Thank Oceandweller7
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Lots of sand area. Next to canal where boats come out from harbor. Spent day laying in sun and running up and down beach with our Yorkie. He loved it so much, never saw him smile so much

Thank Joseph N
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Great place to sit down and relax...time to slow down from the busy world. It doesn't take long for the waves to grow in increasing size and they crash to the shore. Please use caution if you venture into the water.

Thank greekbecky2016
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