The Curvy Traveler: Santa Cruz California

When most people think of Santa Cruz, CA, they think Beach Boys tunes, beach blankets & a town that reminiscent to a vintage postcard. Nestled south of San Francisco & north of the Monterey Peninsula, Santa Cruz has been known for many things. From its infamous boardwalk to its notorious beaches, Santa Cruz is a must-see for anyone and everyone who is in need of a little fun in the sun!

 

Essentials for your road trip mix tape:

1)      If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crow

2)      Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys

3)      Hey, Soul Sister – Train

4)      September – Earth, Wind and Fire

5)      Good Life – OneRepublic

 

 

Things to pack in your beach bag:

1)      Your sense of humor/love of the beach

2)      Comfy walking shoes and/or sandals

3)      Beach blanket

4)      Cute floppy hat & biggest sunglasses possible

5)      A change of clothes (Santa Cruz weather can be a bit finicky)

6)      An extra duffel bag to carry home all of your souvenirs

7)      Sunscreen

 

The Best of the Best:

Listed below are a few must-see spots in Santa Cruz as well as its neighboring cities that are within minutes of the infamous beach town.

 

Best place to grab lunch: Carpo’s Restaurant (Soquel)

Best place to grab dinner: Zelda’s On The Beach (Capitola)

Best place to pick up souvenirs: Rainbow City Limit (Capitola)

Best place to buy a beach read: Bookshop Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz)

Best place to learn something new: Santa Cruz Surfing Museum (Santa Cruz)

Best city to antique shop in: Aptos

Two of the best places to take the kids – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (Santa Cruz) & Roaring Camp Railroads (Felton)

Best nightclub: Catalyst Nightclub (Santa Cruz)

Best places to shop: Capitola Village

 

Be sure to check Weather.com for up to the date weather forecasts – Santa Cruz weather can change at a moments notice. Also be sure to check out the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce for their community calendar. (www.santacruzchamber.org)