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Santa Cruz Main Beach, Santa Cruz

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Spend your Santa Cruz vacation basking in the sun or riding waves at Santa Cruz Main Beach, one of the world's top surfing destinations. This typical California beach attracts visitors from around the globe with its massive waves, making it an ideal spot for surfing and other water sports. If surfing isn't your thing, you can still enjoy sandy strolls along the shore, a game of beach volleyball, or picnicking in the sun. In the summer, when the waves are most popular, lifeguards remain on duty to make sure beachgoers are safe and sound. Santa Cruz Main Beach is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Santa Cruz Edition.
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  • Decided to stop and see Santa Cruz on our way down the coast and was very disappointed. The beach was dirty with garbage everywhere and the town looked run down. They need to revamp the whole thing or...  more »
  • This is a great kind of quirky little beach town. Lots of nice little restaurants where you can sit outside and enjoy the view of the ocean and watch the people walking by and nice little beach shops ...  more »
  • Heard and read go things about Santa Cruz but on getting there I've never been to such a dirty place!!!! Homeless and the great unwashed everywhere. Not pet friendly at all. Wasted our day travelling ...  more »