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Santa Cruz Main Beach, Santa Cruz
(3.2/5 based on 190 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 is a famous local surfer break. Unfortunately, it's also a homeless mecca. Very diverse population. We visited after touring UC Santa Cruz. I would not stay very long at this spot. Great to surf ...  more »
  • The sand is very nice, the water freezing and the waves good. The beach is very wide and there is lots of room so you'e not on top of each other. Definitely worth visiting. 
  • 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.