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Gypsy Guide to Santa Cruz

Caveman rides the Sky Glider at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Photo by Madeline Horn
Visiting Santa Cruz or looking for something to do? 

Try some of Gypsy Atlas' favorite spots:

Gypsy Atlas Articles About Santa Cruz

Museums:
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Entertainment:
Good Times (entertainment, politics)
Santa Cruz Sentinel - the paper
Santa Cruz Weekly (entertainment, local interest)
Free Skool Santa Cruz - free classes and events all over Santa Cruz

Food and Drinks:
Santa Cruz Happy Hour Directory
The Crepe Place - Restaurant, bar, live music venue in a victorian building with a beautiful patio
The Bagelry - authentic boiled bagels with original spreads - downtown, seabright, and Soquel Village
Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company
Verve Coffee Roasters
Dharmas - natural organic vegetarian food in Capitola
Pleasure Pizza - 2 locations on one intersection where Santa Cruz meets Capitola
Cafe Pergolesi - downtown coffee shop in a victorian house, serves beer and wine and light food
Johnny's Harborside Restaurant - slightly upscale seafood restaurant in the harbor with full bar
Tramonti Pizza Pasta  - authentic Italian food in the Seabright, made by an Italian, fresh and delicious
India Joze - Chef Joseph Schultz is beloved by the Santa Cruz community for good reason. His inventive food has Indonesian, Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian influences.
The Red Room - Old school bar downtown with red velvet wallpaper. 1003 Cedar St.
Charlie Hong Kong - organic Asian street food in the Seabright - yummy!
Pono Hawaiian Grill - fresh Hawaiian foods and full bar downtown amongst surfboards and palm trees. Awesome patio and happy hour every day!
The Penny Ice Creamery - downtown and Pleasure Point, inventive flavors made with produce from local farms
Louie's Cajun Kitchen and Bourbon Bar - upscale cajun food and cocktails downtown
Akira - delicious inventive sushi and Japanese food in the Seabright
Sawasdee Thai Cuisine - The best Thai food in Santa Cruz. Original location is in Soquel. Brand new location opened April 2013 on Main Street across the street from the main beach, near the Boardwalk.

Outdoors in town:
Natural Bridges State Park
Twin Lakes State Beach
West Cliff Drive - scenic walk, bike or drive along the ocean, West Cliff Drive follows the ocean from Natural Bridges State Park to the Dream Inn
East Cliff Drive - scenic walk, bike or drive along the ocean, the scenic part of East Cliff Drive is between 32nd and 41st Avenues
University of California Santa Cruz Upper Campus Trail Map

Outdoors close by:
Henry Cowell State Park in Felton, in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Big Basin
Wilder Ranch State Park just north of Santa Cruz on Highway One
Sanctuary Cruises Whale Watching - in Moss Landing, 30 min. south

Shopping:
Farmers Markets
Downtown Shopping - Pacific Avenue is the main street downtown with scores of businesses to browse
Capitola Village - mediterranean style village on the beach
Pleasure Point - surf shops, sushi, and vintage, near the ocean