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Excellent beach for every age group

Just South of Santa Cruz, this is a great, gently sloping beach to explore. Average to good place... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Capitola, California

The beach is beautiful. We walked along this beauty, giggling at the seabirds and watching them run... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2018
Danville, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Just South of Santa Cruz, this is a great, gently sloping beach to explore. Average to good place for surfing depending on tide and swell direction. Rip currents are present so pay attention when in the water.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lvl311
Reviewed 27 October 2018

The beach is beautiful. We walked along this beauty, giggling at the seabirds and watching them run and fly on the shore. The waves were spectacular, with some surfers trying to catch the best one! Wonderful and relaxing.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Clutzylou
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Great beach for taking a long walk. Family friendly and dogs can be on leash. There is plenty of room for folks to play.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank FullTiltTraveler
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Liked this beach more than others in SC. There is a hike down/up, but once down you are on a much more flat beach that goes on and on in both directions. Plenty of sitting area. No portapotties or bathrooms on the sand, so with...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MissKeely
Reviewed 6 August 2018

Great local beach which is fantastic for surfing and just relaxing. The rip tides are strong so be careful... Easy to get to and quiet then Boardwalk beaches. Shells are fun to find here...

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank makeitso4u
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Heard someone say they saw a bunch of broken sand dollars here so had to check it out. Showed up right before sunset and low tide and was lots of clam shells and whole sand dollars. And sunset was amazing! Lucky last minutes decision. Nice...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Dee S
Reviewed 5 September 2017

I came here with my three young kids and we all had a great time enjoying playing in the surf. There were a number of surfers and wake boarders catching the medium sized waves. The beach is relatively spacious by Northern California standards so we...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank yiata
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Great beach for strolling, water activities, and lounging. However, it is a bit of a hike down to the beach.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank erinsP4047SG
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cali cities. Awesome sunset views and comfortable tent sites. Firewood for sale and easily accessible bathrooms and showers.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Katshibby
Reviewed 25 May 2017

I will recommend this beach to anyone who is looking for a non-crowded location to catch a glimpse of the sunset from shore. There is a nominal charge for parking, but during summer weekends (after 6pm), there are no attendants to check. The beach is...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank subh27
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22 August 2016|
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Response from IslandGirlMick | Reviewed this property |
The sand from the parking lot/road is soft and deep. You will have a long walk. If you want to take a bike, go to Rio Del Mar or Seacliff in Aptos. Or go even further north and ride East Cliff.