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Guidebook for Santa Cruz

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Guidebook for Santa Cruz

Parks & Nature
Hiking with old redwoods. This is the Boulder Creek location where most of the older, bigger trees are.
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Big Basin State Park Parking Lot
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Hiking with old redwoods. This is the Boulder Creek location where most of the older, bigger trees are.
A beautiful hike along the cliffs on Highway one.
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Wilder Ranch State Park
1401 Coast Road
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A beautiful hike along the cliffs on Highway one.
One of the closest trails to our house, you can catch it 1/2 mile from our driveway and walk the 10 miles to Felton, or drive down and explore the bottom from the parking lot.
Fall Creek unit, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
1561 Felton Empire Rd
One of the closest trails to our house, you can catch it 1/2 mile from our driveway and walk the 10 miles to Felton, or drive down and explore the bottom from the parking lot.
Many sweet trails, including a paved 1-mile loop showcasing some beautiful redwoods.
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road
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Many sweet trails, including a paved 1-mile loop showcasing some beautiful redwoods.
This is a very special swimming hole. Park on Hwy 9 just south of Henry Cowell and hike about a mile in. You won't regret it.
Garden of Eden
This is a very special swimming hole. Park on Hwy 9 just south of Henry Cowell and hike about a mile in. You won't regret it.
About an hour from the cabin towards Monterey, this is one of the most amazing hikes you will take in the area. Along the ocean for most of it, we go every year.
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Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
62 California 1
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About an hour from the cabin towards Monterey, this is one of the most amazing hikes you will take in the area. Along the ocean for most of it, we go every year.
amazing tour of the elephant seals. you can also hike a mile North at the Cascade Creek trail head. pair with a stop at the pie ranch or coastanoa restaurant.
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Año Nuevo State Park
1 New Years Creek Rd
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amazing tour of the elephant seals. you can also hike a mile North at the Cascade Creek trail head. pair with a stop at the pie ranch or coastanoa restaurant.
lovely camping spot with a nice restaurant and amazing coastal hikes across the street.
Costanoa
2001 Rossi Road
lovely camping spot with a nice restaurant and amazing coastal hikes across the street.
great place to tour. eat at the highway one brewery.
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Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point Road
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great place to tour. eat at the highway one brewery.
one of the favorite local hiking spots.
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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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one of the favorite local hiking spots.
Food Scene
Food is okay, but the view is great and right by the harbor and two fantastic beaches.
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Crow's Nest Restaurant
2218 East Cliff Drive
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Food is okay, but the view is great and right by the harbor and two fantastic beaches.
Delicious food, great beer selection, in the Swift Street corridor next to wineries and shops.
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West End Tap and Kitchen
334 Ingalls Street
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Delicious food, great beer selection, in the Swift Street corridor next to wineries and shops.
Beer tasting amid the wineries. Super fun place, great brew.
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Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing
402 Ingalls Street
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Beer tasting amid the wineries. Super fun place, great brew.
My favorite restaurant in the area. In Felton close to the Fall Creek Unit. An easy drive for dinner. A must if you like farm fresh food and good beer & wine.
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The Cremer House
6256 Highway 9
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My favorite restaurant in the area. In Felton close to the Fall Creek Unit. An easy drive for dinner. A must if you like farm fresh food and good beer & wine.
Best pizza joint in town. Good beer and wine as well. Pairs well with a day at Henry Cowell and a train ride at Roaring Camp down the road.
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Redwood Pizzeria
6205 California 9
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Best pizza joint in town. Good beer and wine as well. Pairs well with a day at Henry Cowell and a train ride at Roaring Camp down the road.
Pretty good food, service is sometimes slow. But the location is perfect, the wine and beer choices wonderful and only about 10 minutes from the cabin. Nice place for lunch and dinner.
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Davenport Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn
1 Davenport Avenue
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Pretty good food, service is sometimes slow. But the location is perfect, the wine and beer choices wonderful and only about 10 minutes from the cabin. Nice place for lunch and dinner.
Fantastic little place. Great for breakfast and coffee before a day at one of the Davenport beaches. Also nice for lunch and dinner. This place is wonderful.
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Whale City Bakery
490 California 1
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Fantastic little place. Great for breakfast and coffee before a day at one of the Davenport beaches. Also nice for lunch and dinner. This place is wonderful.
Not far from all the Swift Street wineries, this is a super cute and fun restaurant. They don't take reservations so expect to wait, but they have a nice bar.
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Bantam
1010 Fair Avenue
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Not far from all the Swift Street wineries, this is a super cute and fun restaurant. They don't take reservations so expect to wait, but they have a nice bar.
Great restaurant. Best hot chocolate ever. Wonderful place to rest while shopping Pacific Avenue.
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Chocolate the Restaurant
1522 Pacific Avenue
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Great restaurant. Best hot chocolate ever. Wonderful place to rest while shopping Pacific Avenue.
Great late-night menu, kitchen closes around 10:30 pm or so. Late night dancing.
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515 Kitchen & Cocktails
515 Cedar Street
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Great late-night menu, kitchen closes around 10:30 pm or so. Late night dancing.
Great for everyone, especially dog lovers. Take your dog for a walk on West Cliff first, then grab a treat at the Westside Feed across the street before heading here for some of the best beer in town. Dog friendly establishment for sure.
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Humble Sea Brewing Co.
820 Swift St
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Great for everyone, especially dog lovers. Take your dog for a walk on West Cliff first, then grab a treat at the Westside Feed across the street before heading here for some of the best beer in town. Dog friendly establishment for sure.
Delicious, high end food for a special occasion.
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Soif
105 Walnut Avenue
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Delicious, high end food for a special occasion.
My kids' favorite place to eat.
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Betty's Eat Inn
1222 Pacific Avenue
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My kids' favorite place to eat.
lovely dining room. great place to stop after a hike in big basin.
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Scopazzi's
13300 Big Basin Way
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lovely dining room. great place to stop after a hike in big basin.
stop here before or after a trip to ano Nuevo. great gifts, produce, and 🥧.
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Pie Ranch
2080 Cabrillo Highway
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stop here before or after a trip to ano Nuevo. great gifts, produce, and 🥧.
Best little pour house in Felton. Great local coffee shop.
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White Raven
6253 Highway 9
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Best little pour house in Felton. Great local coffee shop.
the best place in town to get ice cream.
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The Penny Ice Creamery
913 Cedar Street
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the best place in town to get ice cream.
fun place to eat if going to pigeon point or Ano Nuevo. good local beer. has a gas station as well.
Highway 1 Brewing Company
5720 Cabrillo Highway
fun place to eat if going to pigeon point or Ano Nuevo. good local beer. has a gas station as well.
Entertainment & Activities
One of the best aquariums in the country. Spend the day in Monterey and enjoy the beaches and restaurants.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
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One of the best aquariums in the country. Spend the day in Monterey and enjoy the beaches and restaurants.
Great rides up into virgin redwood forests.
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Roaring Camp, Big Trees and Pacific Railroad Station
North Big Trees Park Road
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Great rides up into virgin redwood forests.
A trip isn't complete without a stop here.
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
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A trip isn't complete without a stop here.
The canopy zip line is so much fun!!!!
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Mount Hermon Adventures
17 Conference Drive
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The canopy zip line is so much fun!!!!
Whale trips leaving from the Santa Cruz harbor.
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Santa Cruz Whale Watching
1718 Brommer Street
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Whale trips leaving from the Santa Cruz harbor.
Fun activity in the Santa Cruz harbor.
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SUP Shack Santa Cruz
2214 East Cliff Drive
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Fun activity in the Santa Cruz harbor.
If you'd rather go down to Monterey to depart, this is a good one.
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Monterey Bay Whale Watch
84 Fishermans Wharf
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If you'd rather go down to Monterey to depart, this is a good one.
This is a fantastic tour of the slough down in Moss Landing. Worth the drive and catch some good food while in Moss Landing such as the Whole Enchilada or Phil's Fish Market.
Whisper Charters
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This is a fantastic tour of the slough down in Moss Landing. Worth the drive and catch some good food while in Moss Landing such as the Whole Enchilada or Phil's Fish Market.
a great time if you're here during the summer. pick strawberries on the California coast.
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Swanton Berry Farm
25 Swanton Road
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a great time if you're here during the summer. pick strawberries on the California coast.
funky tourist trap that never fails to entertain.
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The Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Road
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funky tourist trap that never fails to entertain.
what a fun day trip up the coast. this place is a store and entertainment. lots of beaches and hiking on the way. can stop at pie ranch, costanoa, or highway one brewery for food.
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San Gregorio General Store
7615 Stage Road
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what a fun day trip up the coast. this place is a store and entertainment. lots of beaches and hiking on the way. can stop at pie ranch, costanoa, or highway one brewery for food.
beautiful sunset cruise with great wine. owned by Beauregard vineyards.
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Chardonnay Sailing Charters
790 Mariner Park Way
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beautiful sunset cruise with great wine. owned by Beauregard vineyards.
Spas and Wellness
In case you want to be pampered while here. Book ahead of time!
A lovely spa with hot tubs and tea. Spend time being pampered and then head on to Pacific Avenue. Pair with dinner at Chocolate or Soif for a romantic date.
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Well Within Spa
417 Cedar Street
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A lovely spa with hot tubs and tea. Spend time being pampered and then head on to Pacific Avenue. Pair with dinner at Chocolate or Soif for a romantic date.
I just found this and love it. She offers spa parties as well as couples massage in a lovely space. Also has sauna and hot tub offerings, zen garden, a great place for friends to pamper themselves, or couples to relax and enjoy the weekend.
Spa Santangelo
912 Lakeside Dr
I just found this and love it. She offers spa parties as well as couples massage in a lovely space. Also has sauna and hot tub offerings, zen garden, a great place for friends to pamper themselves, or couples to relax and enjoy the weekend.
many people enjoy visiting this serene location.
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Land of Medicine Buddha
5800 Prescott Road
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many people enjoy visiting this serene location.
Arts & Culture
Sweet little museum will funky exhibits. Now features the Abbot Square dining area, which I highly recommend. Go for a drink and a tour!
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Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street
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Sweet little museum will funky exhibits. Now features the Abbot Square dining area, which I highly recommend. Go for a drink and a tour!
Beaches
Right across from the Whale City bakery, you can bring your dogs to breakfast, then to this lovely beach.
Davenport beach
446 California 1
Right across from the Whale City bakery, you can bring your dogs to breakfast, then to this lovely beach.
A local's hideout, your furry friends are welcome here. Also a big surfing spot and there are grills if you want to make a day of it.
Davenport Landing Beach
335 Davenport Landing Rd
A local's hideout, your furry friends are welcome here. Also a big surfing spot and there are grills if you want to make a day of it.
Super amazing beach, some of the best views on the Pacific Ocean. Can't bring dogs, but the hike down the cliff is thrilling.
Panther Beach
California 1
Super amazing beach, some of the best views on the Pacific Ocean. Can't bring dogs, but the hike down the cliff is thrilling.
Amazing westside beach. Great place to park and then walk West Cliff all the way to the lighthouse.
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Natural Bridges State Beach
2531 West Cliff Drive
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Amazing westside beach. Great place to park and then walk West Cliff all the way to the lighthouse.
Another really great beach in Santa Cruz. Close to the harbor and the Boardwalk.
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Seabright State Beach
15 East Cliff Drive
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Another really great beach in Santa Cruz. Close to the harbor and the Boardwalk.
This is a drive south, but so worth it. Almost like being in Florida, miles and miles of uninterrupted sand and calmer waves than other beaches.
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Manresa State Beach
1445 San Andreas Road
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This is a drive south, but so worth it. Almost like being in Florida, miles and miles of uninterrupted sand and calmer waves than other beaches.
Town Adventures
Various sweet towns along the ocean worth visiting.
Adorable little town along the sea, close to Santa Cruz. Great food, a wharf, ice cream and beach.
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Capitola
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Adorable little town along the sea, close to Santa Cruz. Great food, a wharf, ice cream and beach.
Higher end resort, nice restaurant.
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Seascape Beach Resort
1 Seascape Resort Drive
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Higher end resort, nice restaurant.