The Best Apps to Enjoy Santa Cruz

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 1:03pm.

Santa Cruz people using cell phones.

Santa Cruz can feel overwhelming when you’re new to the city. There’s so much to do and see, it can seem impossible to do it all.

Luckily, there are some awesome Santa Cruz apps to help you do just about anything--from guides to the best restaurants in town, to the breathtaking wineries in the Santa Cruz mountains. Whatever it is you need, there’s an app for that!

Check out the best apps to enjoy Santa Cruz, CA.

Santa Cruz Maps and Walks

Available on IOS and Android!

If you’re new to Santa Cruz and want to learn more about the city, this GPSmyCity app is great for you. Santa Cruz Maps and Walks will lead you on self-guided walking tours that take you to see the best attractions in Santa Cruz.

Guided tours are one of the best ways to see the city, but they can be expensive. With this app, you get all the benefits of a guided tour, but it’s free and you can go at your own pace.

Santa Cruz Offline Map and Travel Tip Guide

Available on IOS and Android!

This is another great app for new residents or visitors who want to see all the sites of beautiful Santa Cruz. What’s great about this app is that it’s 100% offline, so you can use its map feature without building up a horrifying roaming fee. All you have to do is download the map before you leave the house and you’re good to go!

This app will help you navigate the city and bring you to Santa Cruz attractions and the city’s best restaurants and shopping areas. If you’re taking public transportation, this app will map out the fastest bus route or train ride to your destination.


Available on IOS and Android!

Are you looking for something to do in Santa Cruz? Well you’re in luck! Nearify has all the events happening in and around the city right at your fingertips.

You can browse events based on your interests and save your favorite artists and venues in your area. See where all your friends are going in Santa Cruz on the trending page. With Nearify, you’ll never have the fear of missing out ever again.

SCM Wines

Available on IOS and Android!

There’s no better way to spend a weekend than wine tasting with friends at wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

With the SCM Wines app, days like these are made simple. This app will guide you to the 45 wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains where you can sip wine and watch over the gorgeous vineyards.

This app also has information on hotels in the area, places to dine, and local events.

Santa Cruz Runners

Available on IOS and Android!

Running is popular in Santa Cruz--that’s why there’s the Santa Cruz Runners app.

This app updates you on everything you need to know about running in Santa Cruz. Know about upcoming races and some of the best training venues in the city. This app will also highlight coaches in the Santa Cruz area who specialize in running.

If you’re new to the sport and want some advice, Santa Cruz Runners has your back. Learn sport and health tips from other dedicated runners.


Available on IOS and Android!

When you first move to Santa Cruz, it’s sometimes hard to navigate the streets, so going for a run can be daunting. With RunGo, you never have to worry about getting lost.

This running app is made specifically for runners who like to travel or who are new to the city. It will give you turn by turn voice navigation along routes in your area.

Try out new routes and share your favorites with your friends! Using this app is a great way to learn the ins and outs of Santa Cruz.

Bike Citizens

Available on IOS and Android!

Like the RunGo app, Bike Citizens is made for newcomers wanting to explore bike routes around the city.

What’s great about this app is that you can choose what kind of bike ride you want to take--a fast paced ride or a leisurely trip. Bike Citizens will map out a route for you that lets you reimagine your city.

Santa Cruz Sentinel

Available on IOS and Android!

This news app is great for locals who want to keep up with news in and around the Santa Cruz area. Santa Cruz Sentinel is a comprehensive news apps that will share the latest stories in the area.

No matter what kind of news interests you, this Santa Cruz app has something for everyone, with articles about nearly any topic, from lifestyle to business.

Santa Cruz Sentinel will alert you about breaking news so you’re always in the loop.

Planning to move to Santa Cruz? Contact Lauren Spencer to connect with a local expert!

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