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Things to do in Santa Cruz, CA
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1. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Enjoy the thrills at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and find out why people love this theme park in Santa Cruz. Attend a sporting event in this walkable area, or seek out the biking trails.
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Enjoy the thrills at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and find out why people love this theme park in Santa Cruz. Attend a sporting event in this walkable area, or seek out the biking trails.

2. Capitola Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Capitola Beach, a popular beach in Capitola. While in this quaint area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.
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Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Capitola Beach, a popular beach in Capitola. While in this quaint area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

3. Rio Del Mar Beach

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Rio Del Mar Beach, a popular beach in Rio del Mar. Discover the sunsets while you're in the area.
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Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Rio Del Mar Beach, a popular beach in Rio del Mar. Discover the sunsets while you're in the area.

4. La Selva Beach

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at La Selva Beach during your travels in Watsonville? Attend a sporting event while you're in the area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.
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Why not spend a carefree afternoon at La Selva Beach during your travels in Watsonville? Attend a sporting event while you're in the area, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

5. Ocean Street

During your visit to Santa Cruz, you can enjoy retail therapy at Ocean Street. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.
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During your visit to Santa Cruz, you can enjoy retail therapy at Ocean Street. Wander the area's beautiful beaches or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

6. Pacific Avenue

During your visit to Santa Cruz, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Pacific Avenue. Wander the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.
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During your visit to Santa Cruz, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Pacific Avenue. Wander the beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

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