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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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  • The Main Beach and Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • The iconic volleyball nets and the Santa Cruz Pier.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • The Main Beach and Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the oldest amusement park in California.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Main Beach.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • Santa Cruz Main Beach and Santa Cruz Pier.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • The Main Beach is expansive.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • The historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • The Giant Dipper- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • Beach access from the boardwalk.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
  • Ticketing to enter the amusement park.- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk + Main Beach
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Pros: 
Amusment park. Volleyball nets. Nearby lodging and dining.
Cons: 
Highly congested. Crowded parking. Expensive.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Parking
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Since 1907, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has attracted tourists from around the globe with a classic blend of California beach culture and an iconic amusement park. Rides such as the historic Giant Dipper will get your adrenaline pumping, and the casino, arcade, and beach volleyball courts are also popular activities along the Boardwalk. Stop by on a Friday night in the summer to catch the free concerts on the beach.

Of course, this isn't the best choice for solitude. While you might find your own space on the Main Beach, crowds are the norm on the boardwalk, and parking can be challenging and expensive. The Santa Cruz Pier is located on the Main Beach, and it offers great opportunities to spot migrating grey whales. Fine dining and gift shops are all available on the pier, and a few motels and restaurants are also close by. Finally, though it may appear otherwise in films and television, the Boardwalk is a safe place to visit, and security is well under control. It's a great place to visit solo or enjoy with the whole family.

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