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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.

All things to do » Things to do

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: Educational Sites
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Nickelodeon Theatre
Nickelodeon Theatre
Attraction type: Theaters
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Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Owner description: Shakespeare Santa Cruz is a professional theatre company in residence at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Founded in 1981, SSC presents a season of Shakespeare and... more Owner description: Shakespeare Santa Cruz is a professional theatre company in residence at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Founded in 1981, SSC presents a season of Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare plays each summer, as well as a family musical each November and December. SSC is perfect entertainment for the whole family, and welcomes groups of all sizes! less
Attraction type: Performances
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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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All places to eat » Places to eat

Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Ranked #1 of 324 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Marianne's Ice Cream
Marianne's Ice Cream
Ranked #2 of 324 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Kelly's French Bakery
Kelly's French Bakery
Ranked #3 of 324 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price: $5 - $30
Cuisines: European, Dessert, French, Café
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
Buttery
Buttery
Ranked #4 of 324 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
The Picnic Basket
The Picnic Basket
Ranked #5 of 324 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: American

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East
2.0 of 5
Super 8 Santa Cruz Boardwalk East
$88 - $444
Ranked #9 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
2.0 of 5
Comfort Inn Beach/Boardwalk Area
$79 - $123
Ranked #10 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz
$93 - $263
Ranked #13 of 51 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 15 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
Beach Street Inn and Suites
Beach Street Inn and Suites
$154 - $231
Ranked #2 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
$132 - $253
Ranked #3 of 51 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
$174 - $430
Ranked #5 of 51 hotels in Santa Cruz
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Hotel Los Gatos
4.0 of 5
Hotel Los Gatos
$241 - $385
Ranked #1 of 6 hotels in Los Gatos
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