||Since my California page is getting kind of big, I
decided to do a feature page on my favorite city in CA, Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz is not a far drive from San Francisco, though the weather is
much more normal. You will most likely NOT need a jacket in summertime here.
My favorite thing about Santa Cruz is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It is perhaps the
nicest and most well kept seaside amusement park in the country. It has a
friendly family atmosphere, while maintaining enough rides to appease the
The park has the wonderful Giant Dipper wooden
coaster, and the most classic carousel with a working ring machine. On this
carousel, after you pull the rings from the dispenser, you try to throw them in
the mouth of a clowns head on the wall. If you make it, his eyes light up.
While on the boardwalk, seek out Fried Artichoke Hearts, my favorite
junk food anywhere. Also look for banana slugs, a banana flavored candy
popularized by a local college. Marinis Candies with two boardwalk locations
also has chocolate covered bacon. Mmm.
||Also, DO NOT MISS the cave train. It is a trippy train
ride through a cave filled with goofy cavemen figures. It was recently
refurbished so I don't know if it is quite as wonderful as it was, though
friends say it still is great. Don't mistake it for a kiddie ride. Try to ride
in an altered state.
As for the rest of the town, it is an old hippie
mecca that is now popular with the dot com set so it can be pricey. There are
tons of bike shops, surf shops and vegetarian restaurants.
Chocolate maker Richard Donnely makes his chocolates here. Donnelly Fine
Chocolates, 1509 Mission St. , Santa Cruz, Ca 95060
There is a local ALT
paper called Good
Times. Check their site for Music listings or the club sites
Productions puts on Punk Shows in the Santa Cruz
Lounge-115 Cliff st. Santa Cruz, CA, 95060 at a bowling
alley-punk shows and more
Catalyst-1011 Pacific Avenue, Santa
Cruz 95060 (831) 423-1338-shows ranging from Bad Religion to Jets to Brazil to
Callahan's-507 Water St-831-427-3119-Locals play here.
EXCELLENT list of upcoming local shows and bands, check out SCUM!!!! No, seriously, check it
out- Its Santa Cruz Underground
Streetlight, 939 Pacific Ave., Santa
Cruz, CA 95060-831-421-9200
Logos Books & Records-1117 Pacific
Ave-831-427-5100-for vinyl finds.
I have never been here, but I am told
that the best place for a first date is the Mystery Spot. After reading the website,
however, I have NO CLUE what it is. Its a mystery. 465 Mystery Spot Road
-Santa Cruz-follow signs on Market Street.
Saturn Cafe-145 Laurel St. ,Santa Cruz,
831-429-8505-late night eats.
Taqueria Vallarta-608 Soquel Ave,
Santa Cruz Diner, 909 Ocean
Goodwill Store-204 Union St ,Santa Cruz,
Front Street Thrift Store-428 Front St,