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Santa Cruz Main Beach, Santa Cruz

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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. Plan your Santa Cruz Main Beach visit and explore what else you can see and do in Santa Cruz using our Santa Cruz online trip itinerary maker.
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  • This is a busy but clean beach. The day we went the waves were pretty calm, which was perfect. The parking is a nightmare on a nice early summer day though. The boardwalk makes the experience better.....  more »
  • We went to the Main Beach area at Santa Cruz. This beach is close to the fun Boardwalk area. There is sand volleyball. We enjoyed wading in the Pacific Ocean water, taking a walk, and enjoying the....  more »
  • Sad that just about everything including the beach was closed over the Labor Day weekend but it was still a pretty cool boardwalk and worth the visit.
  • Nice place to walk around and have fun with kids

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