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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Pedestrian Plaza
“Please don't miss taking a stroll down the free Boardwalk. It's such an awesome place. ”
  • 309 locals recommend
Route
“walk, bike, jog, push stroller, skateboard (or drive if you have to) from the wharf to natural bridges state park along the edge of the cliffs that drop down to the bay, watching (or joining!) surfers at the famous steamer lane along the way.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Pier
“Take a walk down the Pier and bring your appetite! There are shops, snacks, restaurants, and even free, no license fishing from the pier!”
  • 67 locals recommend
Route
“a walk up and down Pacific Garden Mall in Santa Cruz will show you why many people believe in the slogan - Keep Santa Cruz Weird this is the VW Bug and Tiedye capital of the world. Many homeless but that is part of the local culture.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Café
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“The best breakfast. No contest. Be prepared for long waits the later you arrive. My advice is to get there on weekends right at 9:00am. The first eating turn over is happening and you can usually get right in. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a beautiful place to see the Santa Cruz surfing scene. Check out the small Surfing museum in the lighthouse while you are there.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Food
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“'Meh' service but food is worth it. Get sandwiches and local ice cream from Penny's.”
  • 31 locals recommend
History Museum
“Learn about the natural history of Santa Cruz and what created this paradise by the sea. Learn how and why the Monterey Bay depends on our sea otter population to stay alive or what a Thule reed is with a visit to the SC Museum of Natural History! Visit the life size model of a Blue Whale, great for kids!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“many headliners stop by this intimate jazz club on weeknights between their weekend shows in SF and LA. not limited to the jazz genre. food and wine are served.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Get place for a night out! Bowling, Karoke, Dining & Drinking...walk home!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
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“Super good burgers with mega options and customizable too. Gluten free bun & veggie burger options available.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Don't be fooled by all the "tourist traps" on the wharf. Most places have just mediocre food that's overpriced. One of the very few places to go on the wharf would be Olitas. Amazing food, margaritas and you can't beat the view. Perfect for sunsets. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they have a special where you get a taco and margarita/beer for like $8. They always have specials with local caught seafood (surprisingly one of the only restaurants on the wharf that does this!)”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“When you are hungry and its late at nite and you are young- lots of vegetarian options. Be forewarned music is often loud. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My favorite Thai spot in town, Sabieng never fails to provide delicious food. I am so impressed that lately I have taken to ordering random things off their menu and have not been disappointed yet.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“not alcohol but little conveniently close and open LATE, it's the hippy version of a 7/11..kinda”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“If you can't make it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey (about an hour drive) this is your next best bet to explore the wonders of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.”
  • 13 locals recommend