This is following on from our half day in Santa Cruz a couple of months ago which you can read about & see photos here if you’d like.
We started our day in Capitola where we checked out the beach area around the Capitola Venetians. I mean, check out these snaps – sussing out these colourful holiday rentals is an absolute must for anyone with an Instagram or Pinterest account. If you want to map the location use Capitola Venetian Hotel as the landmark. Also, parking around the area is really affordable too, we were there for around half an hour and paid around $2.50.
We also went for a walk down the Capitola Wharf which was really nice – there is even a restaurant down the end. You can also hire boats from the pier too. I think I heard them say that it’s about $30 an hour.
Lincoln was being a totally awesome Instagram husband when we were at the Venetians. Kudos to him! Thanks mate.
When we were heading back to the car we grabbed a slice of pizza from Pizza My Heart which is just off the beach. I bought a Pesto slice and Lincoln bought The Big Sur They were around $4 each and huge. With super thin bases, these were honestly the best slices of pizza we have had since being in the USA – would recommend to anyone.
We then gave The Mystery Spot another go after not being able to check it out last time. I found the whole experience very confusing – but also very interesting. For $6 each, you get a 45 minute tour (so affordable!) and I would definitely recommending it. Parking is also $5 which you pay for when you arrive – but you can only pay by cash or check. Some of the things were pretty explainable with science and optical illusions, some of the things baffled us. I’d advise that if you’re going on a weekend to book a day in advance, but if you go on a weekday like us – you can probably just turn up.
We then headed down to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We went on a Wednesday in the middle of the day, so it was quiet and a lot of the attractions and food stalls were closed. We were still able to have a great time though. We had a go on the Sea Swings – which after also doing a similar ride at Disney California Adventure, I can honestly say is one of my all time favourite rides. It’s so relaxing and you feel like you’re flying! In this case it was awesome because you also get a great view over the beach. Lincoln also tried out the Undertow, which he said was alright. We probably would have also had a go on the chairlift if that were open. There are heaps of different ticketing options you can get for the rides and attractions which you can check out here.