May 30

Santa Cruz

We decided to go with some friends on a last minute trip to Santa Cruz over Memorial Day weekend it was so fun and wasn’t too expensive, which made for a great little getaway. We all have small kids so we rented a big house near the beach on Airbnb (with a jacuzzi!) for two nights. It was a great vacation for kids so I thought it might be useful to share our itinerary here. Day 1: We went to the Roaring Camp Railroads Steam Train. It’s an hour long ride through the redwoods on a steam train. The kids looooved it. After naps at the house we took a walk to the beach and played in the waves. That night my friend found a babysitter so the adults could go out for Sushi. Day 2: We headed over to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and went on a bunch of rides. The kids loved the rides and junk food. After they got tired we could head back to the house which was 5 minutes away. During down times we sat around and talked or hung out in the jacuzzi and took naps. For dinner we had a barbecue that night on the patio. Day 3: Was the sunniest day so after a breakfast at Gayle’s bakery we went to the beach and stayed until we were sun kissed and tired. We jumped in the car and and hour and a half later we were back home in the city. I love when things come together so easy and last minute like that. My Santa Cruz food suggestions are below. I’d love to hear yours in the comments.

Gayle’s Bakery for pastries and for sandwiches.
The Penny Ice Creamery for awesome ice cream.
Lillian’s for Italian Food
Taqueria Vallarta no frills delicious Mexican Food.
Mobo Sushi for really great sushi.

52 Comments

  • Val says:

    Thanks for visiting my hometown! Here’s some yummy places where we locals like to dine:

    Italian:
 La Posta, Avanti
    Sushi: Shogun, Mobo’s
    Mexican:
 Palomar, Taqueria Vallarta
    Cafe/Bakeries: 
Kelly’s, Gayle’s, Café Brasil, Bagelry, Companion Bakery
    Farmer’s markets: 
Downtown Santa Cruz on Wednesday, Westside Santa Cruz on Saturday
    Coffee:
 Lulu’s, Coffetopia
    Groceries: New Leaf
    Wine Bar: Bonny Doon Cellar Door Café

  • jean says:

    When I was a student at UCSC many years ago, we’d head north 10 minutes on the PCH to the Davenport Cash Store. Their little restaurant was great. I haven’t been there in years but I remember enjoying their fresh baked bread with our meals. After breakfast, my friends and I would hop across the street, over the train tracks and hike down to the beach. Ah.. so many great memories!

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