Destination: Santa Cruz

This earthy and exotic beach town offers visitors an array of opportunities for R&R. A hippie haven in the '60s, Santa Cruz's laid-back, artist-friendly vibe permeates the shops and nightlife of the community.

Updated: April 04, 2002

What to Do

Quirky outings, natural wonders and more laid-back attractions.


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Feel like a kid again at this classic beachside boardwalk.


Big Basin Redwoods State Park

21600 Big Basin Wy, Boulder Creek, CA 95006

Head north to California's oldest park for waterfalls and the largest redwoods south of San Francisco.


Pacific Avenue Cycles

Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Where to Eat

Fill up on hearty eats or dine at a romantic seaside restaurant.


Casablanca Inn & Restaurant

101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Zachary's Restaurant

819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


El Palomar

1336 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Pizza My Heart

1116 Pacific Ave Ste B, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Saturn Cafe

145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Where to Stay

After a full day of playing, rest your head at a cozy retreat.


Casablanca Inn & Restaurant

101 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Aquarius

175 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Chaminade At Santa Cruz

1 Chaminade Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95065


Santa Cruz Youth Hostel Carmelita Cottages

321 Main St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060