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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: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Wilder Ranch State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park
Attraction type: State Parks
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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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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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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
See a wide variety of marine animals at the University of Californias research lab.
Attraction type: Aquariums; Science Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Buttery
Buttery
Ranked #1 of 335 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Mutari Chocolate House and Factory
Mutari Chocolate House and Factory
Ranked #2 of 335 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Californian, Coffee Shop, Dessert, European
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Ranked #3 of 335 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Marianne's Ice Cream
Marianne's Ice Cream
Ranked #4 of 335 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Late Night
Mission Hill Creamery
Mission Hill Creamery
Ranked #5 of 335 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price: $2 - $9
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Quality Inn
2.0 of 5
Quality Inn
$97 - $298
Ranked #8 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
$108 - $350
Ranked #12 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Carousel Beach Inn
Carousel Beach Inn
$110 - $211
Ranked #13 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 17 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
$175 - $287
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
$176 - $443
Ranked #3 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
$274 - $628
Ranked #6 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Seascape Resort
4.0 of 5
Seascape Resort
$275 - $527
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Aptos
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Hotel Los Gatos
4.0 of 5
Hotel Los Gatos
$250 - $441
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Los Gatos
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