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Walked Pacific Ave

Nice downtown, lots of stores, good food, but many many homeless patrons, asking for spare change... read more

Reviewed April 10, 2018
John S
Niagara, Ontario, Canada
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Great little friendly town

Lots of great shops with lots of unique resturants. Good way to spend an afternoon or morning... read more

Reviewed January 16, 2018
Tom Y
Sacramento, California
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

We were traveling through on our way to San Jose. As soon as we drove just a few blocks downtown (Pacific Ave) I knew I wanted to park and walk around. So glad we did! Parking was a piece of cake. (You do need quarters...More

Date of experience: August 2018
5  Thank Tomi R
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Not that exciting. A bunch of chain stores and generic surf shops. Lots of food choices, but nothing that appealing. Like much in Santa Cruz, a bit dirty. There is a great ice cream shop if you are there -- Penny's.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

As a local currently residing in Santa Cruz,I don't mind walking down Pacific,ave because i like going places to eat when i'm out and about. The downside is the stupid tourists that come into town who walk slow, get in your way or stop. If...More

Date of experience: June 2018
5  Thank Josh A
Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

Nice downtown, lots of stores, good food, but many many homeless patrons, asking for spare change. Ate at a sidewalk restaurant, food was reasonable priced and tasty .

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank John S
Reviewed January 16, 2018

Lots of great shops with lots of unique resturants. Good way to spend an afternoon or morning after/before the beach area. Also dog friendly. It is a typical West coast town with unique strret performers but also some homeless on the streets.

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Tom Y
Reviewed January 15, 2018

There are so many fun, educational, and inspiring things to do in the Santa Cruz area. In between hiking, surfing, learning about the Monterey Bay, etc., it's nice to have an easy afternoon in Downtown Santa Cruz. There are a multitude of shops and boutiques....More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

Best part is that parking is only 50 cents per hour. You pay up front so we just payed for 4 hours which gave us time to shop.and dine. A mixture of local businesses and chains. Some very unique stores I don't have back home...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed November 7, 2017 via mobile

Tons of restaurants and shops to visit and explore. Overall, we weren't super impressed with Santa Cruz. Great place to surf but not a ton of other fun places to check out

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank lynnc156
Reviewed October 27, 2017

Trendy shops, lovely hospitality, good restaurants. Not a lot of shops but a fun few hours so worth a trip, was an easy walk from our hotel.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

Lots of action in bustling downtown Santa Cruz. Tons of cute little stores for shopping and places to eat or grab coffee....many coffee shops! Parking is tough. Ended up parking at Trader Joe's since we had to do some shopping there anyway 😬. Great place...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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John R
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Yes. We are also seniors and felt safe walking downtown