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“Beautiful Beach with Gorgeous Views”

Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
Ranked #15 of 87 things to do in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.
Reviewed 8 March 2014

I loved being on this beach watching the dolphins, sea otters and seals play along the coast and in the kelp beds. Lots of paddle boarders braving the cold ocean water. The sand is nice and there are lots of interesting tidal pools. Great place to spend the day.

Thank alanmhersh
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Cafe El Palomar "Food is amazing. Service totally ... Location is great... right on the beach by the harbor, so good views, nice breeze.

Thank cebollamendez
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Take your dog and sit on the outside deck at Aldo's for lunch, and watch the boats go in and out of the harbor. On Saturday mornings on the beach in front of the Crow's Nest restaurant you can hear a large group of ukelele enthusiasts play together for fun. IN the summer there is a ferry that takes you across the harbor for free. A fairly new lighthouse has been installed and you can walk out to it.

1  Thank Tidetalker
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Face it, you are too old for the roller coaster, surfing looks cool but it will take years of falling till you're hanging ten. So what's in Santa Cruz, that will get your heart pumping while breaking a sweat. Whether you have an hour, an afternoon or all day, there's great scenic rides around Santa Cruz. Whether you haven't been on a bicycle since you acquired a driver license or you regularly pedal centuries, there's something to suit your level and time constraints.

There are at least four bicycle rentals in Santa Cruz, they seem to cater to different audiences. Pacific Ave Cycles rents mostly beach cruisers (single speed) and some mountain bikes to folks who mostly cruise around town. It seems another outfit caters to road bikes, and still the other outfits cater to more serious mountain bikers. Figure out your interest, and go with the appropriate bike rental.

I rented a mountain bike from Pacific Ave Cycles, 318 Pacific Ave, 831-471-2453. The folks were friendly, helpful, and efficient. It cost $20 for a two+ hour rental including the helmet. The equipment was in great shape, disk brakes work really well.

I meter parked in front of their store, (you'll need quarters) rode northwest along the coast. West Cliff Drive starts a few blocks from the store, within a few minutes you are overlooking the Monterey Bay bluffs; rolling passed, surfers, waves crashing into the mostly rocky shore. There's lots of pedestrian traffic on the bicycle path, so I spent quite a bit of time on the road, cars drive slowly through this stretch. West Cliff runs for maybe 3 miles. I made a right on Swanton, a left onto Delaware, a right onto Natural Bridges, and a left at the T. This road empties into a bicycle path that parallels Route 1 for another 3 miles or so to Wilder Ranch State Park. The bike path has a patches with sand and debris, so it's best to be on a mountain bike. Once the road ends at Wilder Ranch, you will need a mountain bike to ride the trails, I rode the trail along the shore, (head wind was brutal). If I had a little more time, I would have returned via the high trail through Wilder. The trails are not particularly well marked.

You will come back hungry and thristy, there's no shortage of eateries.
I was solo, but this is also a good way to spend the afternoon with your teens.

6  Thank Alex C
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

Walking from one end of the Boardwalk and back is an experience in itself. Great rides, food and views make this a very special place.

Thank Ramsey T
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