Waddell State Beach, Santa Cruz

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  • We had our share of Santa Cruz beaches and were heading out and I read about this beach with kite surfing. I had never really seen it so we wanted to come and check it out. It was pretty cool. The dri...  more »
  • There are better beaches if you are thinking be in the water. But this is a great one to fly a kite. Usually there is a good wind. Good walking beach too.  more »
  • Best for a picnic with young children. No cliff to negotiate. Not a nude beach . Waddell creek warm enough to wade or swim. Kite surfers fun to watch. Rest room on Beach/  more »

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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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