While you can expect to enjoy the sun, surf and sand when you visit Santa Cruz, you shouldn’t overlook all the flavors that the city has to offer. 

With international cuisines all conveniently located in one place, you can dine around the world without ever leaving this coastal community.

Keep reading to find out more about some local hot spots – your taste buds will be sure to thank you!


Los Gallos Taqueria

For tasty tacos, bold burritos and other authentic Mexican food bursting with flavor, Los Gallos Taqueria is your spot. Their savory meals will surely have you coming back for more. 

Copal Restaurant

If you’re looking for outstanding Oaxacan cuisine, look no further than Copal’s. Combining the beauty of authentic Oaxacan…

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A stunning sandy shore and rolling waves alone are enough to bring people to any given area. Add to the mix roller coaster rides, fun arcade games and delicious treats and you’re certainly in for an adventure!

These are just a few of the reasons that the Santa Cruz Boardwalk has become such an iconic destination. If you’re ready to make a trip of your own, here are some popular ways to pass your time at the wharf. 

Wander The Wharf

Perhaps the best way to soak in your surroundings is by taking a stroll along the length of the boardwalk.

By doing so, you’ll have a good idea of everything the area has to offer, in turn helping make it easier for you to decide which activities you’d like to try and which one you’re okay to save for another…

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One of California's best hidden gem communities, Rio del Mar is one of several beautiful villages that make up Aptos. Central to the area, Rio del Mar is mainly a resort style community that's full of plenty of scenic parks and golf courses. Homes in Rio del Mar are noteworthy for their beautiful streets, lined with cypress trees to welcome residents home. 

To celebrate this incredible beachfront area, we're dedicating this blog post to the many things Rio del Mar has to offer. Read on to learn more about what life is like in this scenic California community!

View of pier typical of Rio del Mar real estate

Real Estate In Rio del Mar

Rio del Mar homes for sale are great options for those looking to live in one of the finest spots in the Aptos area. Many of these homes have the unique charm…

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Santa Cruz seems to draw people from all walks of life. Surfers, artists, tourists and restaurateurs are just a few of the many and diverse types of people that are called to the gorgeous beaches here to relax in the sun.

And although all these reasons are more than enough to spend time in this paradisiacal place, the city of Santa Cruz is nuanced enough to keep homeowners happy and visitors and snowbirds returning year after year. 

In this article, we’re taking a look at the 4 best hidden gems in Santa Cruz for you to check out.

Garden of Eden

Located in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park near the University of California at Santa Cruz, this beautiful area named after the biblical paradise is aptly named! 

This idyllic swimming hole is…

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Santa Cruz family friendly parks

While hitting the beaches in Santa Cruz may seem like the obvious way to pass time, the area boasts some wonderfully vibrant parks that shouldn’t be overlooked.

To discover six fantastic family-friendly options, keep reading – your little ones will be sure to thank you!

Neary Lagoon Park

For a park featuring abundant wildlife, Neary Lagoon Park is an easy choice.

Located in the Lower Westside neighborhood of Santa Cruz, the park serves as a wildlife refuge for migratory birds, so you may spot some ducks, geese and herons, among many other birds! In the western turtle pond, race to see who can find the most turtles,

With one mile of gravel trails to explore, you’ll have no problem pushing a stroller as you wander around the lagoon.…

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Surfers prepare to jump into the ocean at Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz California

Are you having a hard time imagining what your life could look like if you call Santa Cruz home?

While you may be daydreaming of sandy beaches, sun soaked days and breathing in the salty sea air, the fun only begins at the beach!

So, let’s discover what it’s really like to live in this quintessential beach town.

A Day In The Life Of A Santa Cruz Local

To prepare for the day ahead of you, it’s important to start it off right, and there’s no better place to start than with a tasty breakfast.

Take your pick from the following three restaurants, but just beware, each boasts an equally as delicious menu as the last – it’s no wonder locals frequent these spots!

  • Firefly Coffee House: swing by this funky little hangout spot, where…

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It has always been important to support local businesses in Santa Cruz, and now more than ever local businesses are demonstrating how they are ready to serve the community.

Make sure to check out these Santa Cruz businesses that have emerged, adapted and are thriving during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Sugo Italian Pasta Bar


1116 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz

Sugo Italian Pasta Bar is a new addition to Santa Cruz’s restaurant scene. This restaurant opened in the summer of 2020 and has become a popular place for locals looking for a deliciously authentic Italian meal. Stop by this restaurant and enjoy their patio seating or take your meal to go.

COVID 19 Protocols

  • Outdoor seating
  • Take out


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