University of California at Santa Cruz
In the hills above town, the University of California at Santa Cruz has 13,000 liberal-leaning students, a redwood-studded campus,...
Paradise Surf Shop
For surfing tips from in-the-know staff, head east to Capitola for women-owned Paradise Surf Shop .
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
A 45-minute drive north of Santa Cruz into the mountains via Hwys 9 and 236, Big Basin Redwoods State Park protects 20,000 acres of...
Blue Lagoon used to be a gay dance club till girls started coming to escape the agro stares of straight dudes, but the dudes soon...
It's pricey for Chinese, but everything is fresh and preparations are spot-on. The crisp-fried sweet potatoes and red-oil dumplings both...
Lonely Planet review
For big, crunchy organic salads, homemade soups, vegan dishes, and a huge menu of teas, head to this order-at-the-counter cafe-cum-gallery and performance space. There are meat dishes too, but the emphasis is on veggies. Save room for the vegan shortbread cookies, which defy the law that says vegan equals tasteless.