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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.

American Restaurant
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“Owned by the Shadowbrook owners, this is also beautiful - but a little cheaper.”
  • 143 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“All time favorite Santa Cruz beach!! Locals hang out here, so it’s not crazy busy with tourists. Located next to Santa Cruz harbor, you can watch the boats go in and out, book a charter out on the big O’neil catamaran, rent a boogie board or surf board, or join some locals for some beach volleyball. There is a cool little plaza on the beach front, coffee shop, sandwiches, and the Crows Nest Restaurant which is amazing! ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best Mexican! Located at Santa Cruz harbor on the beach. Offers Vollyballs to play on beach courts. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Park
“Relatively quieter beach. Fire pits at certain times of the year. Must be reserved way in advance by showing up early and staking a 'claim' over the pit by sitting around and shooing off everyone else who tries to grab the spot. :-)”
  • 7 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“When the tide is low, you can walk right down the beach to this coffee shop. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
Natural Feature
  • 2 locals recommend
Route
“This is a great stretch along the coast to walk or run. The premiere spot for surfing on this side of town. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Premise
“mostly the location that is so sweet-basic food-1/2 price appetizers M-F 3-6 - and all night Wed nights' sail night-fun- eat out on deck and watch the boats.Get there by 4:30 or else wait on long line”
  • 1 local recommends
Street Address
“Ocean and harbor view. Ukulele jam session on most Sunday mornings at beach”
  • 1 local recommends
Route
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Whale watch on the Chardonnay, Ukulele group Saturdays, Good coffee and pastry, good restaurants”
  • 1 local recommends