Growing up near Los Angeles, I had never heard of Santa Cruz. It wasn’t until my senior year did I take a trip five hours up the coast to find this beautiful gem. Santa Cruz is a beach community surrounded by towering redwoods.


Bad Animal, Restaurant 

One of the coolest and most unique restaurants you will find in the Santa Cruz area, Bad Animal. Not only is the food organic and delicious, you are sitting in a library! The wine selection was carefully picked out by the owners, they serve local and organic wines that pairs great with each meal they offer.


Alderwood, Restaurant 

I recommend making a happy hour reservation and ordering their $10 burger and Miller Highlife meal. Alderwood has a nice big bar with a large selection on spirits and beers.

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