This weekend was warm and sunny so we decided to take advantage of the weather and venture down to Santa Cruz. We hopped on the Pacific Coast Highway for a gorgeous drive down the coast (which also provided the perfect opportunity for us to practice with our new camera from Christmas).
Once we reached Santa Cruz, we were planning to explore the beach town by bicycle but unfortunately, the only bike rental shop within several miles was closed because the owner’s were on vacation – just our luck. Santa Cruz is a pretty small town so we took to foot and car to see the sights.
We went to see the wharf and whizzed past the infamous beach boardwalk before making our way to Steamer’s Lane to watch a local surf competition, check out the waves and to step foot in the smallest surf shop and “museum” ever.
Afterwards, we made our way to Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company for some local brews and eats. We were surprised to find the brew pub was just one of many watering holes located on the same block of several (at least five or six) wineries.
On our way back up the coast, we stopped at one of our favorite hangouts on the Pacific Coast Highway, Panther Beach. The views are gorgeous but the water is freezing, however, it’s small price to pay for what you get in return!