Last week we were on a coastal road trip up and down the Cali coast, and one of the fun places where we played for a day was Santa Cruz. Ever been? This is such a fun place to stop! Santa Cruz is south of San Francisco, and a great little beach town. I haven’t been since I was a teenager, so we decided on Santa Cruz as a nostalgic stop and so we could visit the Beach Boardwalk. Good times!
The pavilion is filled with arcades, food stops and cute shops filled with beach apparel, all with a view of the sunny beach.
Uncle Fester, there you are! We’ve been looking for you for years! So glad you finally found a good home.
Of course, these kinds of environments are not for dieting.
Deep fried twinkies anyone?
I love this soft serve.
I apologize for this.
My kids were all excited to ride that contraption that shoots them into the air 30 feet. They watched the other kids screaming their faces off “having fun” and wanted to join them. So we bought the tickets.
The calm before . . .
Of course the mister and I are laughing the entire time watching these faces.
Mr. CG dropped twenty bucks trying to win one of those Angry Birds worth 25 cents. What is it with dudes and amusement parks? We never did get one. I’m glad he never did, because of course you always need two. Two kids, two prizes or it’s munchkin meltdown. We appeased them with rainbow slushies instead.
I can’t help but be inspired by all these summer colors too.
How fresh is this raspberry and lime combo? Love it.
A great perk is the adjacent sunny beach, relatively calm enough for kids to swim and play.
Lots of volleyball going on too, we wanted to play, but no time that day. Plus I’m not sure my fitness is at the same level as these California girls.
There’s a great wharf filled with restaurants and shops too where I picked up a few shells and a tees for the kids. Love this old boat!
I particularly like this view too, it’s like something out of a movie, which one?
This guy thought he owned the place. Not the boarder, the sea lion.
He’d bark at any surfer or kayak that got too close. Bossy fella.
Maybe he was grouchy because he was hungry. I identify with that.
Keep your distance men.
We have plans to come back and kayak soon.
Palm trees, summer colors, plenty of sand and sea.
Santa Cruz gets two thumbs up! Or eight, if you count all of us.
If you’ve never been, put Santa Cruz on your list of places to spend a summer afternoon if you’re ever south of San Francisco!