26th Avenue Beach
Location: Santa Cruz County, CA
Features: This is a dog-friendly beach with clean water, and on a sunny, warm weather day, it’s a perfect place to hang out, go surfing, or just have some fun. It is actually one of the few beaches in Santa Cruz that is dog-friendly, and your dog will have about a mile of space to run around in. Give yourself about an hour to let your dogs run around and to enjoy this spot. You still have to pick up after your dog, and you need to remember throw away all your trash. Some people think it’s the beach in Santa Cruz. There is free parking just across the street.
Beach: This beach is located within Santa Cruz, and it’s fairly easy to find. During the week it’s quite empty, but on the weekend it can get crowded. All surfers are welcome here, but waves can be rough. During the summer, this beach is full of all types of people – cute girls, families, single guys hanging out. It has a cool mellow vibe. It’s a great place to hang out when the sun is up and the weather is nice.
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Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Bring a towel
If you take a dip in the ocean, make sure to stay dry as soon as you get out of the water to avoid getting cold. It’s always handy to bring a fast-drying microfiber towel!
2) Bring your own surfboard
Enjoy the waves and the sea. You can never have too much fun on the beach without catching those waves.
3) Pack extra clothes
Even if you’re not getting in the water just make sure to pack some clothes. You never know what would happen on the beach! Always be prepared.