My boyfriend recently moved from North Carolina to Santa Cruz, CA. Hooray for ending that long distance! Well sort of. I'm in school until mid-June down in Santa Barbara, but a four hour car drive is obviously way better than a 6 hour plane ride. I went up this past weekend to help move in a bit and explore the town!
We arrived in the afternoon on Saturday and the weather was perfect. Luckily, there wasn't too much stuff to figure out and we were able to head down to the beach pretty quickly. I've visited Santa Cruz a handful of times before with family and on class trips, but this was his first time. So of course I voted that the first place we go is the Boardwalk. For those of you who've never been, it's an amusement park right on the beach with rides that date back to the early 1900's. Cue lots of super cheesy fun. We bought some tickets and spent the afternoon riding the rides and eating awesome fair foods. This reminds me, we never did get those dip-n-dots.
It was a bit cold towards the end, but we had a blast walking around and people watching. Definitely makes my list of top 10 places to people watch. Afterwards we headed downtown to stroll around some more and grab some dinner. We ended up at a pizza/pasta place called Kianti's that (to our surprise) puts on a music/dancing show every Friday and Saturday night. It was pretty great and even the kitchen staff were dancing around with feather boas.
On Sunday after being lazy for a decent amount of time, we headed out in search of coffee. We ended up getting breakfast burritos and walked along Pleasure Point. It was really cool to see how many people were out and about enjoying the breezy day. There was a lot of surf watching which was also really awesome to see.
Watching all the surfers had me thinking that maybe I should try surfing soon myself. Any tips for a beginner? The people out on the ocean were definitely not messing around and were catching wave after wave. There was a big crowd gathered to watch and we hung out for a bit.
One thing I loved about Santa Cruz was how many people were out and about enjoying the beautiful coastline. It seems like a great community to be a part of! The rest of Sunday was pretty mellow, filled with grocery shopping and watching The Office. I was on the road back home on Monday and unfortunately caught a cold, so the plan is to take it easy for the next few days and hydrate with a lot of tea!