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In many ways the quintessential California beach town, Santa Cruz, 75 miles south of San Francisco, is sited at the foot of thickly wooded mountains beside a clean sandy beach. With a strong leftover 1960s vibe, it's also surprisingly untouristy: no hotels spoil the miles of coastline, and roadside stands are more likely to sell apples or sprouts than postcards and trinkets.
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

History, culture, and a seaside amusement park all in one place ensures that there really is something for everyone. Since 1907, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been thrilling ...

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Zachary's Restaurant

Summer means fresh basil is abundant in Santa Cruz and that means homemade pesto is available at Zachary's. We serve it scrambled with eggs and mushrooms. Also available only during the summer months: fresh blueberry pancakes and, if you're lucky enough to come in on the right day, blueberry cream cheese coffee cake.