In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. Santa Cruz City beaches are the heart of Santa Cruz coastline.
Whether taking a scenic walk along the shore, enjoying a game of volleyball, exploring the Santa Cruz Wharfor getting your toes in the soft sand, City beaches are the essential stop for any trip to Santa Cruz.
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Beach Guidelines: When visiting our city beaches, please follow the rules below. Rules have been established to enhance your beach experience, preserve the environment and provide for your safety and the safety of others around you. Thank You! Reserve the Beach Reserve the beach for everything from sporting events to weddings or corporate events. Call or us. Main Beach is open am to pm.
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Cowell Beach has a am to one hour before sunrise curfew. If you are driving to these beaches, to the Boardwalk or Wharf you might want a closer look at the roundabout at Ocean Street and Front Street.
Volleyball Court Reservation and Maintenance Information. Main Beach Volleyball courts are open with social distancing. Courts are first come, first serve but reservations are encouraged. Sun, sand and beach volleyball!
Our courts will make your casual beach party or tournament a success.
All courts have professional grade nets and different heights for men and women. The courts are frequented by both amateur and professional players of the sport and host several national tournaments. Parking and restrooms are both located nearby on Beach St. Volleyball Tournaments are available during the Red tier Substantial and we are currently in Orange tier Moderate.
Court Map. Court Reservation and Maintenance Information :. For surf school regulations see ordinance Note that all surf schools are required to have their students and instructors wear colored vests while conducting lessons. Permitted surf schools with their vest colors are as follows:.
To report violations or for questions about concerns on the ordinance, call the Parks and Recreation Department at Reservations are encouraged. Propane and Butane barbecues are allowed if they have stable legs that can be raised six inches off the ground and the gas cylinder is not exceeding 20 pounds. As ofcoal-burning barbecues are not permitted. Glass is not allowed.
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Alcohol and Smoking are not allowed. Dogs and other Pets are prohibited. Please clean up after yourself so that others may enjoy the beauty of these beaches. Fireworks are not allowed.
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Open flames, including candles, tiki torches and Sky lanterns are not allowed. Camping is not permitted.
Campfires are not allowed on Main or Cowell beaches. If an animal is in distress or needs aid you can contact one of the following: Marine Mammal Center Native Animal Rescue Beach Volleyball. Volleyball courts on Cowell Beach are first come, first serve.
Courts must be reserved a minimum of 5 days in advance by calling or booking online. Fees must be paid when booking the reservation.
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