Susan's Guidebook

Susan
Susan's Guidebook

Sightseeing

An absolutely delightful village by the sea. Lots of shops, restaurants and of course the beach.🏖🏄‍♂️
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Capitola
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An absolutely delightful village by the sea. Lots of shops, restaurants and of course the beach.🏖🏄‍♂️
Beaches every where! A beautiful coast! Enjoy🏖☀️⛵️🎡🎢🛶🚴‍♀️🧗🏿🤽🏽‍♂️🏄‍♂️🧘🏼🏊🏻‍♀️🏌🏻‍♂️⛹🏼🪂🏂🏃🏼‍♂️💃🏼🕺🧜🏻‍♀️🐋🐳🐬🦋🦉🐆❤️
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Santa Cruz Boat Rentals
15 Municipal Wharf
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Beaches every where! A beautiful coast! Enjoy🏖☀️⛵️🎡🎢🛶🚴‍♀️🧗🏿🤽🏽‍♂️🏄‍♂️🧘🏼🏊🏻‍♀️🏌🏻‍♂️⛹🏼🪂🏂🏃🏼‍♂️💃🏼🕺🧜🏻‍♀️🐋🐳🐬🦋🦉🐆❤️
I love the Boardwalk, there is no admission charge, just walk around and take it all in. There are rides for all ages. You’re right on the ocean and the Wharf right next door. In the summer there are free concerts. Enjoy!
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park
400 Beach St
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I love the Boardwalk, there is no admission charge, just walk around and take it all in. There are rides for all ages. You’re right on the ocean and the Wharf right next door. In the summer there are free concerts. Enjoy!
A beautiful campus with miles of trails to walk, bike or drive along the main roads. Beautiful scenic views. Great bookstore. Enjoy the many music and art programs offered.
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Uniwersytet Kalifornijski w Santa Cruz
Arboretum Road
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A beautiful campus with miles of trails to walk, bike or drive along the main roads. Beautiful scenic views. Great bookstore. Enjoy the many music and art programs offered.
The views are exquisite, be sure to walk around. Great place to take young children; they can run around outside and inside good exhibits for them to enjoy. Wonderful gift store, I’ve always found a perfect gift at a great price.
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Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 McAllister Way
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The views are exquisite, be sure to walk around. Great place to take young children; they can run around outside and inside good exhibits for them to enjoy. Wonderful gift store, I’ve always found a perfect gift at a great price.
Right by the Boardwalk, the Wharf, and the ocean. A futuristic visitors center.
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Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center
35 Pacific Ave
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Right by the Boardwalk, the Wharf, and the ocean. A futuristic visitors center.
Lovely was to spend some time downtown. Not only the museum but many restaurants and shops. Enjoy people watching.
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Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St
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Lovely was to spend some time downtown. Not only the museum but many restaurants and shops. Enjoy people watching.
What a beautiful hiking or biking 🚴‍♀️ area. Take a hat if it’s a sunny day.
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Park stanowy Wilder Ranch
1401 Coast Rd
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What a beautiful hiking or biking 🚴‍♀️ area. Take a hat if it’s a sunny day.
Wonderful place for hiking and taking the family. Great information center. Nice gift store.
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 N Big Trees Park Rd
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Wonderful place for hiking and taking the family. Great information center. Nice gift store.
The trip up the coast, the views! Go a little farther and see the Elephant Seals at the State Park!
Ano Nuevo State Marine Conservation Area
The trip up the coast, the views! Go a little farther and see the Elephant Seals at the State Park!
A scenic walk or drive up West Cliff Drive.
Surfers Memorial
647 W Cliff Dr
A scenic walk or drive up West Cliff Drive.
Lovely hiking along the stream, or hike up to Lima Prieta epicenter and beyond.
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Park Stanowy Forest of Nisene Marks
Aptos Creek Road
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Lovely hiking along the stream, or hike up to Lima Prieta epicenter and beyond.
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Fall Creek Unit Trailhead
Felton Empire Road
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Food scene

What can I say! Gayle’s is world renowned! If you like European delicacies, or an oatmeal cookie, fabulous bread, delicious sandwiches, salads, coffee, and so much more, you have to at least check it out!
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Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria
504 Bay Ave
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What can I say! Gayle’s is world renowned! If you like European delicacies, or an oatmeal cookie, fabulous bread, delicious sandwiches, salads, coffee, and so much more, you have to at least check it out!
Oh my their Chocolate cupcakes with homemade whipped cream dream! Also great espresso drinks as well as sandwiches and salads. Oh and breakfast too!
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The Buttery
702 Soquel Ave
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Oh my their Chocolate cupcakes with homemade whipped cream dream! Also great espresso drinks as well as sandwiches and salads. Oh and breakfast too!
Love their 🥖 bread! Great espresso drinks too! Their main bakery is in Santa Cruz on Mission Street is larger with more bake goods.
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Companion Bakeshop Aptos
7486 Soquel Dr
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Love their 🥖 bread! Great espresso drinks too! Their main bakery is in Santa Cruz on Mission Street is larger with more bake goods.
I love lattes! This is where I go.
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Peet's Coffee
214 Mt Hermon Rd
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I love lattes! This is where I go.
The absolute best sour dough pancakes I ever had!!! Love their Mikes mess, really anything on breakfast menu, haven’t been to lunch there yet but if it’s like the breakfast it’s Delicious 😋
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Zachary's Restaurant
819 Pacific Ave
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The absolute best sour dough pancakes I ever had!!! Love their Mikes mess, really anything on breakfast menu, haven’t been to lunch there yet but if it’s like the breakfast it’s Delicious 😋
Local hangout for breakfast especially on weekends. Good specials.
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Sunrise Cafe
4718 Soquel Dr
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Local hangout for breakfast especially on weekends. Good specials.
This is definitely a local surfers 🏄‍♀️ dive, but the best blueberry walnut pancakes in town. You can even eat in their VW camper in front of the restaurant! Good regular old coffee too!☕️
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Paula's
3500 Portola Dr
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This is definitely a local surfers 🏄‍♀️ dive, but the best blueberry walnut pancakes in town. You can even eat in their VW camper in front of the restaurant! Good regular old coffee too!☕️
There are so many Farmer’s Markets around Santa Cruz! One of the main ones is on Wednesdays, 130pm. Delicious fruit, vegetables, food trucks and great people watching.
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Santa Cruz Community Farmers' Market
700-798 Cedar St
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There are so many Farmer’s Markets around Santa Cruz! One of the main ones is on Wednesdays, 130pm. Delicious fruit, vegetables, food trucks and great people watching.
At Cabrillo College parking lot. A Saturday must! 8am -noon. So many great vendors, fresh everything. Friendly people. Often wonderful music by locals.
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Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo College
6500 Soquel Dr
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At Cabrillo College parking lot. A Saturday must! 8am -noon. So many great vendors, fresh everything. Friendly people. Often wonderful music by locals.
Downtown. Had a delicious lunch here, prices on the higher end. Good service.
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Alderwood Santa Cruz
155 Walnut Ave
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Downtown. Had a delicious lunch here, prices on the higher end. Good service.
The absolutely best BBQ! The best bread pudding with whiskey sauce and vanilla ice cream on top! So much beer! Great local musicians!
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Aptos St. BBQ
8059 Aptos St
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The absolutely best BBQ! The best bread pudding with whiskey sauce and vanilla ice cream on top! So much beer! Great local musicians!
Just the trip down the hill in the cablecar is worth going!🚃 Beautiful spot, you can have a drink at the full bar or dinner and then walk down to Capitola Beach.
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Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Rd
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Just the trip down the hill in the cablecar is worth going!🚃 Beautiful spot, you can have a drink at the full bar or dinner and then walk down to Capitola Beach.
The best salad bar in Santa Cruz! And the best carrot cake and pies! This is a causal lunch and dinner place. In or outside dining, excellent for families. Food is very good, from hamburgers to shrimp and wonderful soups too.
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Carpo's Restaurant
2400 Porter St
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The best salad bar in Santa Cruz! And the best carrot cake and pies! This is a causal lunch and dinner place. In or outside dining, excellent for families. Food is very good, from hamburgers to shrimp and wonderful soups too.
The go to Italian Restaurant in Santa Cruz. I love the Sunday Gravy sauce. Full bar, some great wines. Can be a bit noisy.
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Lillian's Italian Kitchen
1148 Soquel Ave
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The go to Italian Restaurant in Santa Cruz. I love the Sunday Gravy sauce. Full bar, some great wines. Can be a bit noisy.
Fabulous Margaritas! Salsa is so good I could drink it, we always go through two baskets of chips with it!
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Tortilla Flats
4616 Soquel Dr
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Fabulous Margaritas! Salsa is so good I could drink it, we always go through two baskets of chips with it!
Right next to the Harbor, great views both upstarts and downstairs. Has music and comedy night. Love the calamari and clam chowder. Nice salad bar. Full bar.
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Crow's Nest Restaurant
2218 E Cliff Dr
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Right next to the Harbor, great views both upstarts and downstairs. Has music and comedy night. Love the calamari and clam chowder. Nice salad bar. Full bar.
Nice local place for dinner or lunch. Good food dining in or outside. Full bar.
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Café Cruz
2621 41st Ave
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Nice local place for dinner or lunch. Good food dining in or outside. Full bar.
Lovely place to have lunch or dinner. Nice specials, excellent wine and good service.
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Café Sparrow
8042 Soquel Dr
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Lovely place to have lunch or dinner. Nice specials, excellent wine and good service.
What a view! Go for happy hour or breakfast, lunch, or dinner or just to see this gorgeous view!
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The Spa at Chaminade
1 Chaminade Ln
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What a view! Go for happy hour or breakfast, lunch, or dinner or just to see this gorgeous view!
Delicious Thai food. Right here is Soquel. Extensive menu. Sweet rice with mango was to die for!
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Sawasdee Thai Cuisine
5050 Soquel Dr
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Delicious Thai food. Right here is Soquel. Extensive menu. Sweet rice with mango was to die for!
Organic delicious food, vegetarian and meat too! Love the Vietnam sandwiches. Rice Bowles.
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Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Ave
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Organic delicious food, vegetarian and meat too! Love the Vietnam sandwiches. Rice Bowles.
Want a good hamburger? This place is our favorite! The fry’s are perfect! Great other sandwiches options too. The prices is great! Seating inside or out.
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Jack's Hamburgers
202 Lincoln St
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Want a good hamburger? This place is our favorite! The fry’s are perfect! Great other sandwiches options too. The prices is great! Seating inside or out.
Looking for vegetarian? Great menu, one of my favorites is the special of choice of soup, salad, rice combo, sounds boring? No delicious!
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Dharma's Restaurant
4250 Capitola Rd
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Looking for vegetarian? Great menu, one of my favorites is the special of choice of soup, salad, rice combo, sounds boring? No delicious!
This is a locals place. Great Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. Good food and good prices.
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Taqueria Los Gordos
7488 Soquel Dr
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This is a locals place. Great Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. Good food and good prices.
The view is outstanding! The clam chowder is fabulous! Lunch is our favorite, just can’t beat the clam chowder and that view! Service is excellent!Valet parking.
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Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge
175 W Cliff Dr
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The view is outstanding! The clam chowder is fabulous! Lunch is our favorite, just can’t beat the clam chowder and that view! Service is excellent!Valet parking.
In the heart of Capitola, in or outside dining. Dinner only. We had a delicious dinner with a wonderful appetizer. Family run.
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Caruso's Tuscan Cuisine
115 San Jose Ave
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In the heart of Capitola, in or outside dining. Dinner only. We had a delicious dinner with a wonderful appetizer. Family run.
Has been here since 1980, great happy hour! Love the outdoor area. Calamari appetizer is delicious! Oh and the desserts! Good Italian food.
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Ristorante Italiano
555 Soquel Avenue
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Has been here since 1980, great happy hour! Love the outdoor area. Calamari appetizer is delicious! Oh and the desserts! Good Italian food.

Music Scene

Great shows. Has a big stage. Drinks and some food. Local favorite.
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The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Ave
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Great shows. Has a big stage. Drinks and some food. Local favorite.
Great venue, all kinds of music.
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Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way
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Great venue, all kinds of music.
Jazz Jazz Jazz! Plus other music too. Fabulous artists! Check it out.
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Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320-2 Cedar St
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Jazz Jazz Jazz! Plus other music too. Fabulous artists! Check it out.

Entertainment

Best popcorn in town! Great avant-garde movies. Small theaters.
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Landmark's Nickelodeon Theatre
210 Lincoln St
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Best popcorn in town! Great avant-garde movies. Small theaters.
We’ve had so much fun here, from 3 to 75 years old!
Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge
125 Walnut Ave
We’ve had so much fun here, from 3 to 75 years old!

Grocery Stores

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Nob Hill Foods
809 Bay Ave
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Safeway
2720 41st Ave
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New Leaf Community Markets
1101 Fair Ave
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Whole Foods Market
911 Soquel Ave
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