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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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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: Beaches; Geologic Formations; State Parks
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Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
Santa Cruz Harbor Beach
Adjacent to Santa Cruz harbor, this beach has beach volley ball as well as nearby shops and restaurants.
Attraction type: Beaches
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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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All places to eat » Places to eat

Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Linda's Seabreeze Cafe
Ranked #1 of 331 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Breakfast
Marianne's Ice Cream
Marianne's Ice Cream
Ranked #2 of 331 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dessert, Late Night
Buttery
Buttery
Ranked #3 of 331 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Breakfast
The Penny Ice Creamery
The Penny Ice Creamery
Ranked #4 of 331 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Dining options: Late Night
Mission Hill Creamery
Mission Hill Creamery
Ranked #5 of 331 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price: $2 - $9
Cuisines: Ice Cream
Dining options: 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
$99 - $288
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
$106 - $332
Ranked #12 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Seaway Inn
Seaway Inn
$109 - $194
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 16 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff
$176 - $286
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 - $440
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
$271 - $637
Ranked #5 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
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Hotel Los Gatos
4.0 of 5
Hotel Los Gatos
$241 - $438
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Los Gatos
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