Located near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Cowell Beach is usually crowded during summers. There is another beach adjacent to it called the Main Beach, so do not be confused with it. Since both the beaches are on the sides of the Santa Cruz Municipal Pier, there is plenty of food options for tourists. Cowell is known to be one of the best spots in town to surf. Stroll the beach, fish or swim, or just laze around, it is a nice spot to be with your family and friends.