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Waddell Beach, Santa Cruz

4.6
Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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4.6
TripAdvisor
  • We did a return visit to Waddell State Beach. This is an awesome beach to watch the wind surfers. Part of Big Basin Redwood State Park is across the way. 
    We did a return visit to Waddell State Beach. This is an awesome beach to watch the wind surfers. Part of Big Basin Redwood State Park is across the way.  more »
  • This is one of my favorite beaches in the Santa Cruz area. Its always fun to watch the kite surfers. Its also nice to walk along the ocean. Across the road is a portion of Big Basin State Park. 
    This is one of my favorite beaches in the Santa Cruz area. Its always fun to watch the kite surfers. Its also nice to walk along the ocean. Across the road is a portion of Big Basin State Park.  more »
  • The parking lot closes at sunset but local knowledge yields free parking close enough to slip in after sunset if you want to. Great for birds, windsurfing, regular surfing. Also a great spot for... 
    The parking lot closes at sunset but local knowledge yields free parking close enough to slip in after sunset if you want to. Great for birds, windsurfing, regular surfing. Also a great spot for...  more »
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  • This beach is very nice on the right days, as it can be windy at times. The sand is great for making sand sculptures and castles as the sand here is very fine. The beach is very scenic. I left four stars instead of five just to let you know that this beach can be very windy frequently.
  • Cool place to stop and see the kite surfers on a HWY 1 Roadtrip. Very windy!
  • It’s easy to find a place for parking. Nice stream for kids to play, more safe and warm. You may also enjoy the parachute. By the way, it’s too windy with less people here during weekly days.
  • Great beach when it’s not overly crowded.
  • Beautiful California beach.. little windy the day we were there. But there kite surfers were taking full advantage of the strong winds... Lots of pretty rocks to collect and full sand dollars every where...

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