- Beaches, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Santa Cruz Main Beach is also known as Boardwalk Beach since it stretches the length of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. In the summer, it's one of the busiest beaches in Santa Cruz thanks to its lengthy list of amenities, including lifeguards, restrooms, nearby food options and amusement park rides and games. During other seasons, it's a popular place to take scenic strolls.
With its on-duty lifeguards and fairly gentle waves, travelers say this is a great beach for families. If you're visiting during the summertime, reviewers recommend arriving early in the day to stake out a prime spot, as the sand can get crowded quickly.
The beach is free to visit year-round. Many travelers recommend parking your car in the metered spots behind the row of hotels that line the beach. Keep in mind that the swimming section is marked by buoys to prevent swimmers from colliding with nearby surfers. For more information, visit the tourism bureau's website.
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