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Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is one of America's surfing capitals, complete with its own museum devoted to the sport, and a beach whose waves are known all over the world. Spend some time enjoying the amusements on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, or head over to the local "mystery spot" where gravity doesn't seem to work normally. For outdoor recreation, the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary and Natural Bridges State Park are the places to be.

All things to do » Things to do

West Cliff Drive
West Cliff Drive
Attraction type: Scenic Drives; Scenic Walking Areas
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Owner description: The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic seaside amusement park. The admission-free attraction features thrill rides like the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster, kiddie rides... more Owner description: The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic seaside amusement park. The admission-free attraction features thrill rides like the famous Giant Dipper roller coaster, kiddie rides, games, shops, food, and year-round indoor activities. Admission is free. Ride tickets may be purchased per ride, per day, or per season. Free summer entertainment includes Free Friday Night Bands on the Beach. less
Attraction type: Game & Entertainment Centres; Piers & Boardwalks; Mini Golf
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Natural Bridges State Beach
Natural Bridges State Beach
Owner description: A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly Preserve, and several hiking trails. There is also a... more Owner description: A refuge for wintering Monarch Butterflies, this park boasts a sandy cove, tidepools, a nature trail through the Butterfly Preserve, and several hiking trails. There is also a bicycle path around the perimeter of the park. less
Attraction type: State Parks; Geologic Formations; Beaches
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Santa Cruz Wharf
Santa Cruz Wharf
Attraction type: Piers & Boardwalks
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Mystery Spot
Mystery Spot
This enigmatic place draws curious visitors who come to witness its gravity-defying properties.
Attraction type: Mysterious Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Marianne's Ice Cream
Marianne's Ice Cream
Ranked #1 of 357 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: After-hours, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Buttery
Buttery
Ranked #2 of 357 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Laili Restaurant
Laili Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 357 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price: US$7 - US$22
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Middle Eastern, Afghani
Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Ranked #4 of 357 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Crow's Nest Restaurant
Crow's Nest Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 357 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pacific Rim
Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Quality Inn
2.0 of 5
Quality Inn
US$111 - US$289
Ranked #5 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Carousel Beach Inn
Carousel Beach Inn
US$120 - US$223
Ranked #9 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Adobe on Green Street Inn
Adobe on Green Street Inn
US$129 - US$219

All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
US$157 - US$286
Ranked #1 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Sea and Sand Inn
Sea and Sand Inn
US$200 - US$323
Ranked #2 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Beach Street Inn and Suites
2.0 of 5
Beach Street Inn and Suites
US$198 - US$541
Ranked #3 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel
4.0 of 5
Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel
US$276 - US$631
Ranked #4 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Chaminade Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Chaminade Resort & Spa
US$222 - US$454
Ranked #12 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Seascape Resort
4.0 of 5
Seascape Resort
US$260 - US$609
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Aptos
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.