Santa Cruz Journals

The Real "Surf City" of California...

An April 2006 trip to Santa Cruz by kustom57

Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse Photo, Santa Cruz, California More Photos
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The Real "Surf City" of California...

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Overview

Santa Cruz intersection Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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In 1769, the Spanish explorer Don Gaspar de Portola discovered the land area which is now known as the City of Santa Cruz. He named the river, San Lorenzo in honor of Saint Lawrence. He called the rolling hills above the river Santa Cruz, which means holy cross. In 1791, the 12th mission in California was founded in Santa Cruz across the river from Villa de Branciforte. Branciforte was where present day East Santa Cruz is today. By the 1820s Mexico had assumed control of the area and within the next twenty years, Americans began to arrive in great numbers. California became a state in 1849, and Santa Cruz County was created in 1850 as one of the twenty-seven original counties. Sant...Read More

Mariannes Ice Cream

Restaurant

Mariannes Ice Cream Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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Mariannes Ice Cream has been around for years! It is the best place to get great old-fashioned ice cream in a family friendly atmosphere. They have a ton of flavors to choose from! If you want the best ice cream, this side of the Atlantic, you have to check out Mariannes! It isn't very expensive, but, WOW! This is homemade ice cream that will knock your socks off! It is usually crowded, but well worth the wait!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2006

Mariannes Ice Cream
1020 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 458-1447

Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse

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Attraction

Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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The Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse, or "the surfing museum," as it is better known, is truly a Santa Cruz original. It follows the history of surfing in the Santa Cruz area from 1895 to the present.Surfing was introduced to Santa Cruz in 1895 by three Hawaiian princes, thus making it the first place where surfing was shown on the American mainland.In the 1930s, Santa Cruz had a surfing club, and some of those surfers still surf to this day, like Harry Mayo, and original member volunteers at the museum when he isn't carving it up below the cliffs at Steamer Lane.There is even a board inside from a shark attack. You can see the teeth bites, and luckily the surfer survived ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse
West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California
(831) 420-6289

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Attraction

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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Nearly 100 years ago, an idea was launched to create a fantastic seaside amusement park that would entertain all who visited. Today, that idea still stands in the city of Santa Cruz.The magical place was called the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is the West Coast's oldest amusement park and a State Historic Landmark. It houses two National Historic Landmarks—the 1911 Looff Carousel and 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster. Owned and operated by the Santa Cruz Seaside Company since 1915, the Boardwalk remains a family-style amusement park creating memories that last a lifetime.The Boardwalk just recently purchased the original Laughing Sal that used to stand outside of the entrance ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 423-5590

Mystery Spot

Attraction | "The Mystery Spot"

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An attraction that brings in many visitors to the Santa Cruz area, The Mystery Spot, has been amazing visitors since 1940. They say that there are mysterious forces at work in the woods here. Gravity seems to have flipped its lid inside the circle that they call the Mystery Spot. Some people claim that there is a supernatural metal beacon buried far beneath that was used by alien spacecraft. An engineer says that there are very high levels of carbon dioxide which leads people to see weird things and also leads to a light-headed feeling. Balls roll uphill, people grow or shrink depending on where they stand, levels aren't level, and compasses go wacky in this neck of the woods....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

Mystery Spot
465 Mystery Spot Rd.
Santa Cruz, California 95065
(831) 423-8897

Steamer Lane

Attraction

Steamer Lane Photo, Santa Cruz, California
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Steamer Lane, The Lane, or just Steamers to locals, is the best area in Santa Cruz to watch surfers do what they do best.

Steamer Lane has areas for all levels of surfing. Starting at the point nearest the rock and the lighthouse is for the best surfers. Near the beach in front of the hotels is the area for grommets (beginners in surf slang). In between those areas, people just have to see what they are comfortable with.

On a great day, sometimes you can spot some pro surfers who live in Santa Cruz, such as Shawn "Barney" Barrons and others.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

Steamer Lane

Santa Cruz, California

Natural Bridge State Beach

Attraction | "Natural Bridges State Beach"

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The Natural Bridges State Beach is located in a very pretty setting where Monarch butterflies like to flock to from mid-October through February. There are also tide pools available for exploring at the beach. There is also a visitor center that has exhibits about the local ecology. The beach is open daily at 8am until sundown and costs $6 per vehicle.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2006

Natural Bridge State Beach
West Side of Santa Cruz on West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California
(916) 653-6995

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I fell in love with Santa Cruz at a very early age, it was a 2-hour drive for us to get there, and I learned to love road trips. To this day, my urge to travel has not been sated, and I try to get time away from the everyday life to experience new things. There are a few quotes that I absolutely love, and that also stir me to get out and see the world. I would like to share them with you here;1."Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries." -- René Descartes2. "Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living." –- Miriam Beard3. Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journ...Read More