Santa Cruz Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 73%Local Culture
- 66%Family Travelers
- 61%Adventure Travelers
- 58%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (113)
- Santa CruzMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesMar 31, 2014
So much life in such a small town; great to visit whether you're a family, couple, group of friends or even on your own. So many restaurants, there's downtown and of course the infamous boardwalk and all the rides right there on the beachfront. Many motels to choose from so why not make a weekend of it?Recommended for:
- Santa CruzMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Mar 17, 2014
Relax at the beach, enjoy the out of the box patrons, and hike around in the forest...all in one day. This is a great place to live or visit. Not big in the commercial scene but definitely in love with the surrounding nature. If you get the chance go and see the butterflies when they are migrating.Recommended for:
- Santa CruzMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 22, 2013
"Keep Santa Cruz Weird" reads one bumper sticker, and I couldn't agree more. This hippie / student / beach town has a lovely chilled-out vibe, a cool boardwalk, numerous great beaches, a thriving downtown with tons of great shops and restaurants, and amazing hikes in the coastal redwoods just a bit inland. Classic northern California.Recommended for:
- Santa CruzMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudents+ 1Oct 19, 2013
I never get tired of swinging by Santa Cruz on my up or down the Central Coast, driving between Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo and San Francisco. I could spend all day at Main Beach and the boardwalk, or along West Cliff Drive heading toward Natural Bridges State Beach. Penny Ice Creamery and the Picnic Basket are my favorite cheap eats in town, so far. It's also not too far from Moss Landing, where you can get fresh seafood or go whale watching.Recommended for:
- Santa CruzMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Jun 24, 2013
Santa Cruz where the mountains meet the ocean... So many eco-climates in this town it is amazing. World renown surfing beaches, but there are also beautiful beaches for the beach goer who wants calm waters. You can hike in the redwoods, visit a vineyard, and go boutique shopping all on the same day... Santa Cruz has great restaurants many using organic locally grown produce; it is my favorite food town because it is so fresh and delicious! Santa Cruz is a great town to visit!Recommended for:
- Santa CruzMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 1Feb 24, 2013
Where beaches are the norm for Southern California residents Santa Cruz is where beachgoers opt in Northern California when they want to get away. During the summer the 17 is crowded on it's way down to the city. In the city you can go to the Boardwalk, Marianne's Ice Cream and the numerous beaches. Also take a look and explore to see if you can find the unique quirks about the city.
- Santa CruzFeb 16, 2013
Santa Cruz is the little surf town that made me fall in love with California at the age of fifteen. The boardwalk riddled with carnival rides where the 80s movie The Lost Boys was filmed, and the beaches full of surfers was exactly what I always imagined California would be like. Now I frequent Santa Cruz as a Californian surfer, and I still love it!
- Santa CruzMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 5Jan 21, 2013
This city is a wonderful place to visit. Although it is kind of touristy, there are still so many things to see and do that it is worth a day (or two) of a trip! I spent most of my summers here!
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