Santa Cruz Travel: Your Next Weekend Getaway
The weekend is approaching and you want to escape for a few days but where to go? North to Point Reyes and the beautiful Mendocino coast? Lake Tahoe and Truckee for some fresh alpine air? South to Big Sur? All great choices but for this weekend getaway, it’s all about Santa Cruz Travel.
Santa Cruz, or Holy Cross, is much more than its shadow of the Beach Boardwalk and Mystery House. While these do draw significant tourist numbers, dive a little bit deeper into this quaint coastal gem and you’ll know that your time here is well worth the trip. Here are 5 reasons you should be Cruzing here.
What Can I do in Santa Cruz?
- Santa Cruz Breweries
- Swimming Holes
- Study – UCSC
- Mystery House
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Surfing. Santa Cruz has been touted as Surf Capital of the U.S. With a title like that you’re sure to find what you’re looking for along it’s coast. Beginner? Great, plenty of waves to choose from. Intermediate? Excellent, got that covered too. Pro? Santa Cruz is home to some of the best surfers in the world, so those rights and lefts will be getting handled.
Head over to Cowells for all your surfing needs. Santa Cruz Surfboard Rentals
Beaches. Home to some of the most pristine beaches around, Santa Cruz offers more than 29 miles of coast to choose from. Grab a towel, sunscreen and friends, and your beach day will be more than fulfilled.
Scenery. Being a coastal city, Santa Cruz has endless scenery. Whether it be a West Cliff Cruise, Pleasure Point Stroll, or a Natural Bridges hangout. Scenery will be found around every corner. Just ask Loggy, this local legend as he was spotted over at Cowells.
Santa Cruz Breweries: The Santa Cruz Brewery Scene is enough to keep your cup filled and then some. Find your way to any of these breweries:
- Discretion Brewing
- Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
- Humble Sea Brewing
- Shanty Shack Brewing
Hiking – California is loaded with amazing hiking and Santa Cruz provides options all around the city. The best hikes might not get you vertically elevated like Tahoe but the scenery will provide lasting memories. Here are some of the Best Santa Cruz Hiking options:
- Sequoia Trail, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
- Old Cove Landing Trail, Wilder Ranch State Park
- Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin Redwoods State Park
- West Cliff Drive – Follow west Cliff for 6 miles of unobstructed California coastline
Swimming Holes – Navigate yourself to Big Basin park and hike into the Garden of Eden for the best swimming hole in Santa Cruz county.
Study – Santa Cruz has UCSC, where college students are challenged academically and also to stay on track with so much natural beauty surrounding them.
Biking – Santa Cruz is home to Santa Cruz Bicycles, one of the Nation’s top Bike makers. With great production comes great terrain. Follow here to find the best mountain bike terrain in the Santa Cruz region
Food. Got a hankering for Mexican cuisine? Seafood? Freshly picked fruits? These three are at your fingertips daily as this region packs it all into one. Head over to La Hacienda for your al pastor burritos. Cruise the coast and pick some fresh fruits from one of the many U-pick farms. Book a table at the Crows Nest for some freshly caught seafood. These are just a beginning, come and discover your favorite.
Mystery House – Prepared to be appalled with the laws of gravity. Tucked in the Santa Cruz Mountains, make sure you visit the Mystery House when you make your way to the area.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – Perhaps the claim to fame outside of Surfing is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Ride the Big Dipper, take in the ocean views, and eat some carnival food!
Location. Being only 1 1/2 hours from San Francisco and just north of Monterey, Santa Cruz really does offer ideal location. Whether you want to cruise to the adjacent mountains for outdoor activities or even farther down the coast, location is prime here.
Santa Cruz and More
What are you waiting for? Cruise down, up or west to see what you’ve been missing out on.
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