Santa Cruz high school kids used to neck on the beach to the right of the San Lorenzo River, sheltered from the Boardwalk crowds by the rock jutting out.
A few other kids would walk out on the rock promontory just to watch the necking. Most though were far too busy enjoying the Boardwalk attractions and courting their own dates.
Since the last time we were there years ago, there’s a new section at the end next to the river with water attractions like the Logger’s Revenge flume ride.
The ever-changing Santa Cruz Wharf has many restaurants and some other attractions.
From shore to mountains, Santa Cruz is an iconic California seaside tourist town that goes far beyond that definition to nearly defy description.
Point Santa Cruz is another popular spot, with the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum now occupying the beautiful old lighthouse. Surfers risk the rocks for a good ride, while swimmers and divers mingle with everyone else out on the rocky point.
If this town had an airport, we’d sure be visiting far more often. The drive from San Jose is a strong deterrent, but we might fly into nearby Watsonville and try to rent a car some day.