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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

American Restaurant
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“The Shadowbrook is probably the oldest and most famous of any restaurant in Santa Cruz County. It is truly amazing and you'll definitely need reservations!”
  • 106 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Bakery, Rosticceria, Food to Go... Eat at Gayle's or take away... Expensive but well worth it.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Another local favorite!! Great little beach surrounded by cool shops and delicious restaurants!! Very chill little spot, love love love it! ”
  • 67 locals recommend
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Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“A Santa Cruz Institution, a vegetarian restaurant where everything is delicious. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“If you are a craft beer drinker this is a great place to go. Outdoor tables and games. Ping pong, corn hole, etc. Also dogs allowed ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Very good food and drinks directly on the beach/Soquel river outlet. A bit on the pricier side but worth it. Weekends with music.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“sit on the deck, about 100 feet from the waves and right on the sand. HEaters for night time, and they open early for a great breakfast!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Great family beach featuring picnic areas, swimming, fishing and equipment available for rental. Situated near a forest of Monterey pine and coastal live oak - nice for hiking. It also has a camping area on a bluff overlooking northern Monterey Bay. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Food
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“Great new brewery right down the street. NuBo is a fun place to go for a drink or two.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This is a typical shopping mall.. but you will find a few shops here that you will only find in Santa Cruz with Santa Cruz type stuff only being sold. You will understand when you see it. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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“To go pizza spot favorite of local beachgoers in downtown Capitola - they have other locations all around the bayarea”
  • 17 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Great movie theater for families. Feels very homely and the food is decent. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Brewery
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“We go out of our way to stop at this tasting room amidst an industrial park. It's close to the freeway and easy to get in and out. They also have a brewery and taproom in Capitola”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great drinks and food, we recommend the hot chocolate, carrot cake and chocolate treats.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food, beer and wine. Great hamburgers, bao buns. The salads are amazing (and huge!).”
  • 16 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“You'll be able to get any supplies you need quickly and easily on 41st Ave.”
  • 7 locals recommend