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Indeed, this part of Santa Cruz is Surf Central. There is even a small but informative Surfing Museum where we enjoyed looking at exhibits that detail the decade-by-decade evolution of the sport. Housed in a former lighthouse, the Surfing Museum includes lots of memorabilia and examples of different types of surfboards ‘ some so big and heavy that one wonders how the original surfers ever managed to get these things to and from the beach.
About a five-minute drive and we were back in downtown Santa Cruz. Just another few blocks out to the beach and we had arrived at the famed Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The roller coaster, thrill rides and buildings of the Boardwalk are an indelible part of the Santa Cruz skyline and visitors enjoy the nostalgia of visiting the West Coast’s only seaside boardwalk. The 75-year-old roller coaster is said to be just as thrilling as any of the newer ones, and that has been augmented by a host of other, more modern rides. Of course there are the bumper cars, the carousel, the huge arcade and, uniquely, a broad and beautiful beach where you can sun yourself and, in summer, enjoy a dip in the ocean.
The Boardwalk area is only one of the many beaches and coastal vantage points in the Santa Cruz area. Several state beaches are just south of Santa Cruz in the Capitola and La Selva Beach areas. You can designate a morning or afternoon and take a scenic drive north on Highway 1 where you’ll pass through Davenport and come to more beaches including Waddell State Beach. An interesting non-beach excursion takes you north from Santa Cruz on Highway 9 to the Roaring Camps Railroad where you can ride a historic steam train into the Redwoods.