Great calm beach just south of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. No hustle and bustle of all the amusement park rides but still close to the Crows Nest restaurant and some nicer public restrooms. You can park for free along the street where there is usually plenty of spots during the week. On the weekend if it is busier you can park for free the first 1/2 hour and then its $1.50 the next 2 1/2 hours at a parking lot next to the cafe.
The parking is also really close to the beach so this is a great place to take kids especially when you are alone because you don’t have to walk very far. It is the number one reason we come here so much. It is also really close the the harbor where you can see the lighthouse and all the sailboats coming in and out which makes for some fun scenery.