LOCAL RESOURCES

WHERE TO STAY, EAT & EXPLORE

 

 

Accommodation
- Hotel Paradox:   Contemporary boutique Hotel close to downtown

- Best Western Plus All Suites InnLarger suite style rooms, 5 min away 

- Comfort InnNo frills hotel with nice rooms and close to everything 

- Airbnb.comLots of local rooms + houses in the area to choose from

- Kayak.comBest place to search and compare latest hotel prices

 

Camping: 

- New Brighton State BeachExcellent coastal location + facilities ($35+)

- Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkSleep amongst the giants ($35+)

 

Dining: 

- 99 Bottles:  Iconic downtown pub with no shortage of beer + pub faire ($)

- Crow’s NestPopular beachside eatery near the harbor ($$)

- AssemblyIn the heart of downtown Santa Cruz ($$)

- Cafe LimelightPanini, soups & salads...a local favorite with character ($)

- Hula’s Island GrillHawaiian surf theme with delicious eats ($$)

- The Crépe PlaceIconic locals spot with outstanding diner Crépes ($$)

- El PalomarGreat taco bar and pitchers of margaritas ($)

- Pono Hawaiian GrillTraditional Hawaiian eatery with top notch Poke ($$)

- Tacos MorenoA DeLa local favorite, and damn good ($)

 

Beer + Wine 

- 99 Bottles:  The most comprehensive choice of beers in town

- El PalomarLarge open roof bar + restaurant downtown

- LüpuloSmall plates and a great beer selection downtown

- Santa Cruz Mtn BrewingAward winning, certified organic brewery

- West End Tap & KitchenExcellent eats + a large selection of beers

- Vino Prima Wine BarEpic setting on the Santa Cruz Wharf

- Discretion Brewingfamily-owned, handcrafted organic beer

- SoifSmall plates and great wine selection 

 

 

Santa Cruz Highlights:  

This quintessential California beach town offers a wealth of outdoor activities from surfing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, golfing or just lazing on the beach. An abundance of year-around activities, combined with the natural beauty of the Monterey Bay, make Santa Cruz an epic hub for outdoor enthusiasts.  It’s also home to the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the historic Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, UC Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and nearby Big Basin Redwood forests.

 

Visit SantaCruz.org to explore all the area has to offer.

 

May Events Calendar:  

May 2 - Dweezil Zappa: The modern face of Zappa Music - The Catalyst (8pm)

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo: Join the festivities at El Palomar downtown 

May 5 - First Friday SC: Dozens of venues showcase local artists downtown

May 7 - Live Comedy: 3 live comics at the Crow’s Nest (9pm)

May 21 - Live Comedy: 3 live comics at the Crow’s Nest (9pm)

May 27-28 - Santa Cruz American Music Festival: All weekend long!

 

Monterey Excursions:  

The Monterey Peninsula has been called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky.  While it’s a given that the natural beauty of the area draws the visitor, it’s the endless activities including world-class golf, biking, sailing, wine tasting and fine dining that keep one coming back.  Monterey’s rich history, the historic Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Carmel-by-the-Sea, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a spectacular assortment of parks and natural areas combine to provide a truly unrivaled place for your next getaway.

 

Visit Monterey.com to explore all the area has to offer