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Best of Santa Cruz Guide

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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.

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West Cliff Drive
West Cliff Drive
Attraction type: Landmarks & points of interest
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University of California at Santa Cruz
University of California at Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz campus offers an attractive blend of notable architecture and panoramic views.
Attraction type: Colleges & universities
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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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Wilder Ranch State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park
Attraction type: State Parks
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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. 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: Piers & boardwalks; Amusement & theme parks; Historic sites
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Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Ranked #1 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Marianne's Ice Cream
Marianne's Ice Cream
Ranked #2 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Buttery
Buttery
Ranked #3 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria
Lago di Como Ristorante & Pizzeria
Ranked #4 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Laili Restaurant
Laili Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price: $7 - $22
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Quality Inn
2.0 of 5
Quality Inn
$83 - $191
Ranked #9 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East
$87 - $278
Ranked #10 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
2.0 of 5
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
$94 - $272
Ranked #14 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Adobe on Green Street Bed and Breakfast
Adobe on Green Street Bed and Breakfast
$129 - $219
Ranked #1 of 16 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
$133 - $235
Ranked #1 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Beach Street Inn and Suites
2.0 of 5
Beach Street Inn and Suites
$142 - $366
Ranked #2 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel
4.0 of 5
Dream Inn, a Joie de Vivre hotel
$218 - $562
Ranked #6 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Hotel Los Gatos
4.0 of 5
Hotel Los Gatos
$221 - $428
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Los Gatos
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