The Santa Cruz boardwalk is the place to be! There is so much going on and so many things to do. You can purchase a wristband for $45 that gives you access to all of the rides, games and attractions all day long. The boardwalk is also full of the best eats and treats like salt water taffy, cotton candy, ice cream and frozen chocolate dipped bananas. If you head over to the pier you will find beach shops, seafood restaurants and you can even see the sea lions that hang around at the bottom of the pier. When we were there one of the sea lions had just had a baby and it was seriously the cutest thing!
For lunch stop off at the Picnic Basket on Beach Street! It is a cute little cafe with an outdoor patio that looks right at the beach. They offer a variety of really good and healthy food. We got several things and split them because it all looked so good we couldn’t decide. Pictured is the chicken salad sandwich, daily grain salad and the mac and cheese which was amazing!
When we got to Capitola we couldn’t help but have a full blown photo shoot in front of the famous colorful Venetian Hotel. I mean look how cute they are!! So bright and colorful! When we got there we originally thought they were people’s actual houses but we figured out that they are little condos that can be rented!!! I am already planning my next trip back and I am definitely going to stay in one of them!! The condos can be rented through the Capitola Venetian Hotel. If you are going to Santa Cruz or Capitola I would definitely suggest staying here! Its only 10 minutes from Santa Cruz and right in the heart of Capitola. There is so much to do and so many places to eat that are in walking distance of the hotel, not to mention you are right on the beach.
Stop in for a drink and chips and salsa at Margaritaville (not Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville). They have the cutest outdoor patio that has the perfect view of the colorful Venetian Hotel and not to mention really good margaritas!!
A trip to Capitola would not be complete without stopping at the famous Gayle’s Bakery. Everything is made completely from scratch every morning! They have everything from breads, sandwiches, pastries, pies, cakes, cookies and pretty much anything else you think of.