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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
“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, 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
“A Santa Cruz Institution, a vegetarian restaurant where everything is delicious. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“Great drinks and food, we recommend the hot chocolate, carrot cake and chocolate treats.”
  • 15 locals recommend
“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