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. Plan your Santa Cruz Main Beach visit and explore what else you can see and do in Santa Cruz using our Santa Cruz online trip itinerary maker .
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  • its October mid week and plenty' of places open on the beach easy parking close to restaurant bars Warf clean well maintained beaches was and enjoyable time  more »
  • I have been visiting this main beach area for since I was a child, love all the events and serene feeling with the wind on back and waves breaking. near the beach boardwalk and downtown Santa Cruz. Th...  more »
  • This beach is the best known and lies in front of the Boardwalk amusement park, and so is also the most crowded in the region. Pluses: Convenient to the Boardwalk and nearby restaurants and hotels; vo...  more »

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Where to stay in Santa Cruz

Most of the accommodations in Santa Cruz occupy a place near the beach and boardwalk. Inns and bed and breakfasts make up most of the selection here, but you'll also find a few motels and hotels sprinkled in. You might consider staying in one of the inns or bed and breakfasts located inside some of the Victorian houses downtown, which lies just to the north. A number of budget motels line both San Lorenzo Boulevard, which is just across Carbonara Creek from the main tourist area by the beach, and Ocean Street a little farther north.
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