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, Santa Cruz.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
What are you waiting for? Cruise down, up or west to see what you’ve been missing out on. Shout out Rob, Peter, Ben, Eli, Terre, Jonah, Jazz, Pappas family, and everyone else down there.