Santa Cruz has stayed a young, laid back beach town at heart while growing into a vibrant city. There’s something about Santa Cruz that keeps its residents young at heart as well. A big part of it has to be the city’s famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This charming amusement park is open year-round with no admission to the public, featuring classic carnival games, a ferris wheel, the Charles Looff Carousel, and the historic Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster.
The University of Santa Cruz is another element that makes this city so exuberant.
It’s a school that does its own thing. UCSC’s mascot is the Banana Slug, and it houses the Grateful Dead Library.
Surfers of all ages come to Santa Cruz for the perfect waves at spots like Steamers Lane, and for annual competitions like the O’Neill Cold Water Classic. But the natural beauty of Santa Cruz’s beaches is enough reason to visit them throughout the year. Natural Bridges State Beach has a butterfly sanctuary, natural rock bridges, tide pools, and plenty of sand for laying out a towel.
If you like to experience nature without windsurfing in the background, then it is only a short drive between Santa Cruz and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Walk among old growth redwood trees, and hike on the Skyline to the Sea Trail.
Santa Cruz is full of funky institutions like the vegetarian Saturn Cafe, and the Santa Cruz Wharf has miles of strolling, eating, drinking, and sea lion viewing opportunities for visitors and residents. The city is full of great neighborhoods like the hip Seabright, and the family-friendly West Side.
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