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Santa Cruz Main Beach, Santa Cruz

(3.3/5 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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  • An excellent beach for walking at low tide or getting your feet wet if you're going to the Beach Boardwalk. If you are going to swim here go to the right side of the wharf, or close to the wharf on th...  more »
  • Came here to see the beach from Menlo Park, Ca. Beautiful and the water is freezing cold but we still put our feet in it. The sand was so soft. Walked through the boardwalk area to the pier for food. ...  more »
  • 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 »