Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town. It was here that Hawaiian royalty first introduced surfing to the mainland--and locals and visitors alike have been riding the waves ever since. Not far from the surf break, screams of delight and laughter fill the air at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the West Coast's oldest seaside amusement park. A few blocks from the beach is Santa Cruz's downtown area. The pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets are filled with vibrant shops and galleries, outdoor bistros and sidewalk musicians - all in keeping with "the Original Surf City's" free-spirited personality. Read more...
Touch a shark, marvel at a whale of a skeleton, dive into the latest discoveries in ocean science. Exhibits, aquarium, daily tours, touch pools & Ocean Discovery Shop. Come explore your ocean!
Adventure Out is California's premiere outdoor school specializing in surf camps, rock climbing classes, backpacking trips, mountain biking and wilderness survival skills instruction. Our mission is to share decades of wilderness experience while achieving our wildest adventures in the outdoors. We offer open-to-the-public trips and classes, private lessons and group programs such as corporate retreats, team building and private parties.
Across from beach & wharf, beautiful gardens.
Delicious desserts, pastries, salads, sandwiches & more
Stained glass windows & over-sized spas available.
Kayak tours & rentals daily, beginners welcome!
Part two of the "Two Miles Down Highway 1" road trip!