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Old 07-28-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: santa clara, ca
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'ello

i've been to santa cruz a few times and aptos once which i liked. what beaches do you recommend i hit for fun?

also, can anyone recommend a nice beach that's not over crowded? i don't surf but i do skimboard so i'm looking for the perfect spot for a laid back day with the girl.
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, WA
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I recommend you explore the coast. Part of the fun is in the discovery process. There are so many great beaches around it is not even funny. I mean SC has a ton, then you go north to Davenport and Scotts Creek, or you go south Moss Landing, Monterey, PG, Carmel, Point Lobos, Big Sur. Why not check out a different one each time?

My 2c,

Derek
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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'ello

i've been to santa cruz a few times and aptos once which i liked. what beaches do you recommend i hit for fun?

also, can anyone recommend a nice beach that's not over crowded? i don't surf but i do skimboard so i'm looking for the perfect spot for a laid back day with the girl.

Man Resa ... down HW1 ... Larkin Valley / San Andreas road exit after Freedom Blvd. exit, just down the road from Aptos ... take a right and the parking lot is about 11/2 - 2 miles on the right.
Best beach.
Lots of skimboarding and it's relatively uncrowded and you could walk all the way to Moss Landing if you wanted to.
Or take a long walk up to Capitola.
Laid back ... best beach in S.C. county imo.
$6 to park. or maybe it went up to $8.
i don't know as i have a season park pass.
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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can anyone recommend a nice beach that's not over crowded?
The naked ones!
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Old 08-02-2009, 12:36 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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Capitola is really nice. I think you could have a great time having a bite to eat at one of the eateries on the beach front, like Zelda's.

Also if you feel more adventurous, I'd suggest you take a trip to Bonny Doon. Be careful though, it is clothing optional in the far north-west corner of the cove.
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Old 08-02-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Capitola is really nice. I think you could have a great time having a bite to eat at one of the eateries on the beach front, like Zelda's.

Also if you feel more adventurous, I'd suggest you take a trip to Bonny Doon. Be careful though, it is clothing optional in the far north-west corner of the cove.
the beach in capitola is overrun with people in the summer time and the water quality is often not good.
the beach is really small too ... hardly the length of a football field (if that) whereas, if you park at Man Resa you can walk forever and avoid the overcrowding that you'll find at almost all the beaches to the north of it.
but to have a bite to eat down in capitola is a suggestion.
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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from santa cruz up north along hwy 1 till SF, there're numerous cool spots u can skimboard... the big name beachs are of coz crowded especially on weekends, but u can sure find ur own secret spot, just keep ur eyes open and explore a bit maybe...
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