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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach

5th Ave. at East Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA
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lovey views

went there twice at sun rise and sun set got so great pictures and was amazingly very few people... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
Seadpnedtraveler
Great For Metal Detecting

Great beach to walk in the surf or sit and watch the waves roll in. The entrance to the harbor is... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
LAECJ
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Citrus Heights, California
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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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"play volleyball"
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"great pictures"
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"people watching"
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"boats"
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"lighthouse"
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"aldos"
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"ferry"
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"parking"
in 13 reviews
"sail"
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"waves"
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"surf"
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Reviewed October 27, 2017

went there twice at sun rise and sun set got so great pictures and was amazingly very few people and those who where there all agree love clean place worth the wait for sun rise or sun set

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

Great beach to walk in the surf or sit and watch the waves roll in. The entrance to the harbor is very close to the beach so you can watch the motor boats and sail boats travel in and out of the harbor. There are...More

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Reviewed September 18, 2017

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

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Reviewed August 18, 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
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Reviewed July 23, 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
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Reviewed May 30, 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

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Reviewed April 5, 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.

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Reviewed March 27, 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
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Reviewed February 26, 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.

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Reviewed February 13, 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
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