I’ve only been down to Santa Cruz a few times but I always think of it as the perfect way to experience some summertime in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city itself is often chilly at this time of year but a quick pretty drive down the coast to this college town with a beach boardwalk makes for a nice summer getaway.
When I went down there recently the first thing I did was check out the monthly Antique Faire downtown. It’s really more like a swapmeet but it was kind of cute to walk through and see what people were selling.
The boardwalk on the beach was the main destination. Cheesy and touristy but lovely fun all the same. We played miniature golf. I topped the high score on Ms. Pacman at the arcade. We wandered.