Overview Santa Cruz

Visiting Santa Cruz

Hold hands with your sweetie on the boardwalk rollercoaster overlooking a Pacific sunset. Swoop in on the surfers or go scuba diving in a kelp forest, explore nearby redwood forests at Big Basin, sample local wines, and be sure to enjoy the views while driving along scenic Highway 1 (before the wine, of course!).

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Santa Cruz. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Santa Cruz flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.... Read More
Hold hands with your sweetie on the boardwalk rollercoaster overlooking a Pacific sunset. Swoop in on the surfers or go scuba diving in a kelp forest, explore nearby redwood forests at Big Basin, sample local wines, and be sure to enjoy the views while driving along scenic Highway 1 (before the wine, of course!).

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Santa Cruz. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Santa Cruz flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Santa Cruz

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Hand-Written Journal Entry for Santa Cruz

Written by Armed With Passport on 03 Jun, 2002

This IgoUgo journal entry picks up where my written journey ended in San Francisco. My wife and I had spent a couple of days in the city by the bay and were now heading for Monterey Peninsula. This entry begins as we are…Read More


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Mountain biking heaven: Wilder Ranch

Written by BlueJay21 on 24 Aug, 2004

My very first rides were here at Wilder Ranch, there's no better way to be introduced to a extreme sport than here at Santa Cruz. Best times to come are during the late summer and early fall. Wilder is located west of University of California Santa…Read More


Late Night Dining

Written by Lessthnpar on 14 Sep, 2004

Santa Cruz has a bad reputation when it comes to pot. The city's liberal views and lush "green" college campus lead many to believe that there is more smoking than anything else going on. While the city does have its share of potheads,…Read More


The Ice Cream Debate

Written by Lessthnpar on 03 Sep, 2004

First of all a question: Is the phrase "the battle wages on" or "the battle rages on"? A quick google search on both phrases yields approximately the same amount of hits. I think both are correct grammatically, but was wondering if one was…Read More


Stimulus to Travel...

Written by kustom57 on 26 Apr, 2006

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…Read More


Pacific Avenue

Written by heh3d on 16 Mar, 2001

Pacific Avenue is what locals mean when they say "downtown". It is a strip of street, about 8 blocks long, lined with stores, resturants, and a few movie theaters. It is the city's center of activity. Start at either end, and just walk down Pacific'…Read More


Getting There

Written by thalakola on 16 Jun, 2002

I went to Santa Cruz on the 8th of June 2002. From the north, I took 85 south and then 17 south to get to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Highway 17 takes you through mountains and you have to drive carefully for about 8…Read More


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Public Beach Volleyball

Written by Lyora on 10 Apr, 2013

On the main beach in Santa Cruz you are very likely to come across volleyball players from every experience level. There are about 6 or so beach volleyball nets to choose from. Occasionally there will also be beach volley competitions to watch or participate in.…Read More


This Town Has Wheels

Written by ideagirl on 03 Jan, 2011

Santa Cruz, California, traditionally a college and surf town, was home to four major car shows in 2010. From a rockabilly hot rod show to one of the largest gatherings of woody owners in the world, car enthusiasts of every stripe are sure to find…Read More


Photos and Contact Info for Author

Written by thalakola on 16 Jun, 2002

Photos for this travel journal can found at http://photos.yahoo.com/vthalakola If you like my travel journal, please contact me at vthalakola@yahoo.com. I hope to hear from you. …Read More


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