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Santa Cruz Main Beach, Santa Cruz
(3.2/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This beach is nice with the boardwalk nearby. The powerful waves were awesome to watch. I'm sure if we'd been on a busier day there would have been good surfing to watch. 
  • Large expanse of beach, full length of the Boardwalk, additional areas for volleyball, nets are set up. Restaurant at the street/pier intersection sets up a salsa dance floor (wood) in late afternoon....  more »
  • Very clean. Can be rather crowded on holiday on holiday weekends. There is a very large inexpensive pay parking lot almost across the street from the beach.