A Excellent Lengthy Weekend in Santa Cruz, California

Our three yr outdated had every week off of faculty so we determined to flee the town and head to the seashore – Santa Cruz! It’s a simple 1.5-2 hour drive from San Francisco.


We’ve heard nothing however nice issues concerning the Dream Inn. Sadly they have been absolutely booked on our dates, however we have been capable of guide an incredible AirBnB two and a half blocks from seashore entry for Seabright State Seaside.
Getting caffeinated is a high precedence for us within the mornings. We tried each Verve Espresso and Java Junction whereas we have been on the town. Verve has nice pour over espresso and nice pastries however is pricey and has restricted meals choices. Java Junction is extra kid-friendly with extra meals choices, however we didn’t assume the espresso was that nice. We weren’t proud of the cappuccinos at both spot (they have been lattes).

We visited this Seabright State Seaside thrice in 4 days! It was good and sandy and never too crowded, even on the 4th of July. There are loos close to the principle seashore entry level, a picturesque lighthouse, and poles for seashore volleyball. It’s a huge seashore, with an extended stroll via sand to the water.

Seabright Seaside entry

Sturdy riptides might be current at this seashore. Verify native surf forecasts earlier than you head out (Surfline and WillyWeather are our favorites) and be conversant in rip present security. The water might be very chilly properly into summer time, so once more test the native forecast earlier than you go!

Seaside day!

We have been additionally inside strolling distance of Ocean View Park which has a killer playground. Nice different to the seashore to burn off some vitality!

Slides at Ocean View Park

A part of our journey was throughout a warmth wave, so we determined to drive down the coast to Monterey and go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium one afternoon. The aquarium is a “should see” if you’re within the space! They’ve nice displays, contact tanks, a children play space, a good looking nursing room, a big cafeteria plus picnic house and a tremendous location on the waterfront. On high of all of that, your go to helps wonderful conservation work! Tickets are considerably costly, although. Should you assume you’ll go to twice you might wish to think about a membership relying on the dimensions and ages of your loved ones. Members have a sooner aspect entrance that saves a little bit of time as a result of the doorway line can get lengthy. We often spend half a day right here per journey with our three-year-old and one-year-old.

Jellyfish on the Monterey Bay Aquarium

We had a kitchen in our AirBnB and principally ate in after stocking up on the close by Complete Meals. We did attempt take out from Betty Burgers one night. We loved our burgers and our preschooler favored his hen nuggets. We additionally stopped by the Cruz Creamery one boiling afternoon for a scoop. This house is tremendous kid-friendly, with a child sized desk and chairs and couches along with normal tables. We cherished it!

Cruz Creamery on a sizzling day!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out the Santa Cruz Seaside Boardwalk, though we didn’t go to this time. They’ve curler coasters, arcade video games, meals and much more! Grade college aged children and up will find it irresistible, however our children are a tad younger nonetheless!