Santa Cruz is known for its delectable moderate climate, the natural beauty of its pristine coastline, gargantuan redwood forests, and alternative community lifestyles. If you happen to pass by this city with your Transfercar free rental, be sure to stop in and take advantage of all it has to offer!
Beach it like a Whale
With 29 miles of sun heavy coastline, Santa Cruz offers some of California’s best beaches. These white sanded beauties offer up the perfect waves for surfing or the softest spot for beach volleyball. Beaches like Manresa, Mitchell’s Cove and the mysteriously alluring Pleasure Point await you in Santa Cruz. But, if you’re not a sun worshipper, then visit a museum or art gallery, ride a steam train, or hit the wine tours, boozey! You know how they say that the best things in life are free? I’m pretty sure they were referring to the fun things to see and do here in Santa Cruz. And rental cars. They were definitely talking about Transfercar rental cars.
Santa Cruz boasts the best Boardwalk in the US. Year-round events at the Boardwalk include summertime Friday night bands on the beach, movie nights, Clam Chowder Cook-Offs, and Chili Cook-Offs. Is that your stomach growling? No, it’s mine… The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features the world famous Giant Dipper Roller Coaster (which I don’t actually recommend riding after the chowder and the chilli FYI), and the historic 1911 Looff Carousel for the kiddies. A perfect spot for the young and the old, the boardwalk has something to offer everyone. Riding the rides does cost money but walking around and soaking up the atmosphere are completely free. Be sure to check out the Laffing Sal automaton: you can hear her creepy cackle for free, but the ensuing nightmares will cost you. You’ve been warned.
Have a Beer on the Pier
The Santa Cruz Wharf is the longest wooden pier in California at 2,745 feet and one of the oldest in the state, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. But, it’s not just about the wood. Lined with groovy shops and restaurants offering up an array of cuisines, it’s a great place to stroll and take in the spectacular views of the bay. If you fancy some sea life, walk to the end of the pier and look down to the lower decks to spy on sea lions basking naked in the sun. Cheeky sea lions! Have you no shame?!
Just Eat It
You won’t find fresher local produce, sustainable seafood and award-winning California wines anywhere else than on the Santa Cruz County restaurant menus. Organic and locally-grown choices offer a unique dining experience. From hip bistros serving modern California cuisine, to neighbourhood cafés loved by locals, there are a number of ways to satisfy your cravings in Santa Cruz.
Are you convinced yet? Well then grab your surfboard and start surfing the Transfercar website to find the best free relocation deal for you. We’ve got you covered, sugar!