Spring is usually a busy time of the year in Santa Cruz. As the weather gets warmer, locals and visitors alike take to the parks and beaches to enjoy everything this wonderful city has to offer.
But this year looks a little different.
With COVID-19 affecting our community, popular amenities like beaches and shopping centers have been closed down to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Each and every person has also been asked to self-isolate in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
This means that many of us are cooped up in our homes until everything gets back under control.
Even though staying at home is the best thing to do in a situation like this, it can make you feel stir crazy.
If you’re starting to get a little bored, here’s what you can do in Santa Cruz during self isolation:
There’s no better time to do your spring cleaning than during self-isolation.
While you’re stuck inside, take the time to deep clean your home. Clean everything that you’ve been putting off since the winter time—like the windows and the garage.
This way, when normal life resumes, you won’t have to worry about spring cleaning during your busy schedule.
You can also take this time to landscape your yard. Trim back any overhanging branches and overgrown bushes.
By the end of self-isolation, your home will look immaculate!
Watch a Santa Cruz Based Movie
To properly self-isolate, it’s important to stay at home. But staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beautiful city of Santa Cruz.
You can take in everything the city has to offer through all the movies that it’s been featured in.
Santa Cruz is no stranger to the spotlight. In fact, it’s been the filming location for countless movies over the years.
One of the most prominent movies that’s been filmed here in recent years is Jordan Peele’s 2019 movie, US. The beginning of the film features the city’s infamous beach boardwalk.
Other popular films that are based in Santa Cruz include:
Chasing Mavericks (2012)
Dangerous Minds (1995)
Sudden Impact (1983)
See all of your favorite local spots right on the big screen!
Support Local Small Businesses
Unfortunately, small businesses have had the largest impact during this COVID-19 crisis.
In order to prevent large gatherings, many businesses around town have closed their doors. This includes restaurants, cafes, and boutiques.
So, while you’re at home, support local businesses as best as you can by shopping online.
Many restaurants and cafes are serving clients by delivery. You can order food from select restaurants around Santa Cruz by their own delivery services or from food delivery apps.
Other local retailers are offering online shopping promotions so that you can get a deal on all your favorite goods.
Berdels is a Santa Cruz based clothing store that is offering an extended free shipping promotion. They have been operating in Santa Cruz since 2015, selling top quality clothing—from sweaters to dresses.
Botanic and Luxe is another local business in Santa Cruz that is offering shipping on all their products. They have been selling homegoods, jewelry, and beauty products in Santa Cruz since 2016.
Bookshop Santa Cruz is the best local place to shop for books. In light of social-isolation, they are now taking phone orders to accommodate everyone who is staying home.
Shopping locally is important on any given day, which means it's even more important during this economic downturn. So if you’re bored at home, do some online shopping!
Go For a Drive
If you’re tired of seeing the same four walls of your home day in and day out, then get out! There’s nothing wrong with jumping in your car and going for a drive around the community.
Explore the parts of Santa Cruz that you’ve never seen before. Drive through the Santa Cruz mountains and take in the gorgeous views of the vineyards and the ocean.
Lose yourself in Soquel where there are towering redwood forests and acres upon acres of farmland.
Drive along West Cliff Drive if you want to see beautiful sunsets and ocean views. You can also spot million dollar mansions along the waterfront.
Although Santa Cruz is not completely open for business, there’s still so much to enjoy while you self isolate!
If you’re buying or selling a home in Santa Cruz during this pandemic, contact Lauren Spencer for expert advice. She will guide you through the economic downturn and make your real estate journey as easy and stress-free as possible.