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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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Crowded Beach

We have walked out on this beach but prefer the other side by Waltons Lighthouse. You can walk... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Santa Cruz, California
thes place is where people sail hobie cats right off the beach- it is clean and safe

i used to spend a lot of time there sailing and its right next to the crow's best and several other... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
Will S
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Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“nice beach” (7 reviews)
“clean sand” (2 reviews)
5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA
+1 831-475-6161
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have walked out on this beach but prefer the other side by Waltons Lighthouse. You can walk more freely. The Harbor Beach is fun to sit and people watch. Volley Ball players, sailing and more create a lot of chances. There is a ferry...More

Thank JeriLG
Reviewed 18 August 2017

i used to spend a lot of time there sailing and its right next to the crow's best and several other places- this is a very popular place and has a lot of culture- there is live music on the weekends- one can check the...More

Thank Will S
Reviewed 23 July 2017

There were many people out and playing volleyball. The beach is ok but not one of our favorites along the coast. Wanted to check it out and had great time watching people play volleyball. Later, we dined at a nearby restaurant and it was decent.

Thank Daniel A
Reviewed 30 May 2017

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

1  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
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