Guide to the Westside of Santa Cruz, California


Welcome to the
Westside of Santa Cruz. I moved to the Westside
of Santa Cruz in 1999 to attend college at the
University of California Santa Cruz. Side note, I did
actually go to Cabrillo, which is also a
fantastic college, a junior college
which is located in Aptos, Santa
Cruz, California, and then I went to the
University of California in Santa Cruz. It had been a longtime
dream to live in Santa Cruz. In fact, when I was
on a family vacation when I was only
eight years old, I decided Santa Cruz
is where I want to live when I grew up, and I made that
dream a reality. Many, wink, wink, years later, here I am, living my
dream in Santa Cruz, specifically on the
Westside of Santa Cruz. The city of Santa
Cruz is comprised of what to the locals is known as the Lower Westside
of Santa Cruz, the Upper Westside
of Santa Cruz, the Beach Flats community, which is near the
Santa Cruz Wharf, and the Santa Cruz
Beach Boardwalk, Beach Hill,
downtown Santa Cruz, the DeLaveaga area, which is also near
what is known as the Santa Cruz banana belt, and the Seabright area, which is near the Santa
Cruz Harbor and many, a plethora of
Santa Cruz beaches. This area is within the city
of Santa Cruz’s jurisdiction and has so much to offer. We are on the Santa Cruz Wharf right here on the
Westside of Santa Cruz, and right behind me is the
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which is one of the oldest and voted one of
the best or the best seaside amusement parks. It was established in 1907 right here in Santa
Cruz, California, and it is a wide resource
for fun for the whole family. There are rides, there
is a ice-skating rink that they put up
in the wintertime, and in the summertime, they have free
concerts on Fridays and they have free
movies on Wednesdays. If you want any information on what the free concerts
or movies will be, let me know, I’ll send you
a list of that information. Also, right behind me, this is considered Main Beach
right here in Santa Cruz on the Westside of Santa
Cruz in California. Every year, we have, every summer, there’s the
Santa Cruz Junior Guards where they actually make
the kids run and swim, and my kid always
complains, but she loves it. Super fun. Also behind you, do you
wanna pan over there? The Dream Inn, which is
one of my favorite hotels. I sometimes do staycations
at the Dream Inn. All of the rooms
have ocean views. they look over Cowell’s Beach,
they look over the break. There’s a swimming
pool that overlooks the ocean and the
beach as well. I have been living
on and loving the Westside of Santa Cruz
since I moved to Santa Cruz. The Westside of Santa
Cruz is comprised of the Upper Westside
and Lower Westside. The division is Mission
Street or Highway 1, which splits the Upper
Westside of Santa Cruz from the Lower
Westside of Santa Cruz. The Lower Westside of
Santa Cruz is close to scenic West Cliff Drive,
Cowell’s Beach, Main Beach, Steamer’s Lane, which
is known to be one of the world-renowned
surf spots. People travel from
all over to surf right here at Steamer’s Lane, right in Santa Cruz
on the Westside. Hi, guys. I am right now on top of the
cliff on West Cliff Drive on the Lower Westside
of Santa Cruz, and we’re overlooking
Mitchell’s Beach, which is a really awesome
beach when the tide is low. The beach is big
and really fun. It’s also a little more
gentle than Steamer’s Lane, if you are looking for
a good wave to surf. It’s a fabulous place
to come swim and surf and enjoy a beach day on the
Lower Westside of Santa Cruz. West Santa Cruz also has many dog friendly beaches and parks. I am right now in one
of my favorite places, which is right off
West Cliff Drive on the Lower Westside
of Santa Cruz. I am in this beautiful park
called Lighthouse Field, which is a great place
to let your children run. People bike here in
Lighthouse Field. People run here in
Lighthouse Field. Dogs play and have fun
in Lighthouse Field on the Lower Westside
of Santa Cruz, and we are right
across from Its Beach, which is a dog-friendly beach
right on West Cliff Drive. Dogs run and frolic,
and they have a blast. I don’t know all the rules,
but I believe you can have, when I pass by Its Beach,
there is no dog on a leash, so I think that’s a positive
thing if you are a dog lover on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Right there at Its Beach, you can let your dogs frolic
freely and play in the ocean. Generally, Lower Westside
Santa Cruz homes, other than the ones closest
to West Cliff Drive, will not have ocean views. On the Upper Westside
of Santa Cruz, however, there are many homes
with ocean views due to the fact
that these homes are situated up on a hill. The Upper Westside
of Santa Cruz, which, due to the
geography of Santa Cruz, is actually on a hill, hence the given
name Upper Westside. It is closer to the University
of California Santa Cruz, and thus, there are many
Santa Cruz student rentals. Santa Cruz’s University Terrace is an area of homes and condos on the Upper Westside
of Santa Cruz that caters greatly to
University of California Santa Cruz student rentals, as well as owner-occupied
properties. The Upper Westside of Santa
Cruz is close to hiking trails such as Pogonip and
Wilder Ranch State Park, as well as Westlake Park. At Westlake Park,
there’s a fabulous pond, and kids under the age of 16 as well as seniors 65
years and older can fish. The Upper Westside
of Santa Cruz as well as the Lower
Westside of Santa Cruz are both great places within
the city of Santa Cruz to live and become part of
the Santa Cruz community. Santa Cruz’s Westside is a
bustling commercial district filled with local
Santa Cruz restaurants, local Santa Cruz shops, and assortment of local
Santa Cruz businesses. Mission Street right here on
the Westside of Santa Cruz, which runs through
the district, connects motorists
to Highway 1. Densely populated
traffic can be an issue during commuting hours. Remember that when you
are shopping for a home, especially if you have
to commute over the hill to Silicon Valley. Notable sections
of the Westside of Santa Cruz
neighborhood include the mixed-use Swift
Street development with craft breweries,
restaurants, wineries, shops, and so much more. Points of interest on the
Westside of Santa Cruz include Natural Bridges State
Park, Derby Park, Seymour Marine
Discovery Center, and Lighthouse Field State
Park, West Cliff Drive, Wilder Ranch State Park, University California
Santa Cruz, Pogonip, Rincon trail, and the Santa Cruz Wharf. We are right here on the Lower Westside
of Santa Cruz right off of West Cliff Drive, and this is actually
my favorite beach. We are at Natural
Bridges Beach. It’s a super beautiful beach, and it’s a huge beach that
even when the tide is high, you’ll still have
sand to frolic on. But if you can see
right behind me, the reason they call
it Natural Bridges is because there’s
actually a natural bridge that has been carved
out of that rock, the one where all the birds
are perched on top of, creating a bridge. There used to be a bridge
in between those two rocks, but that has now washed away. So, this beach, Natural
Bridges State Beach right here on the
lower west side is a fabulous, fabulous beach. We love flying kites down
here ’cause it gets windy, and if you go all the
way over on a low tide, it’s great for tide
pooling as well. So, come check it out. We love Natural
Bridges State Beach, and I think you guys will, too. Lower Westside of Santa Cruz. The Westside has a
plethora of places to stay. The Westside of Santa
Cruz has a lot going on, probably more than you
can pack into one day. Another one of my favorite
places to frequent is Companion Bakery on the
Lower Westside of Santa Cruz. Their sourdough starter
is off the hook. Sourdough is my absolute
favorite type of bread of any kind, of any, of. And here, they are knocking
it out of the park, so come, taste their bread. They have gluten-free options
if that’s more up your alley. They have such delicious
breakfast items and baked goods, as well as coffee, which Jason and I are about
to go enjoy a cup of coffee. At least I am. Are you, are you allowed to
have coffee on your diet? I’m good. Heck yeah, lots of coffee. Oh, he’s gonna have coffee. The Westside of Santa
Cruz has recently updated Mission Street Inn. They have a loyal following
thanks to its tidy rooms, comfy beds, and
personable staff. The Westside of
Santa Cruz also has the newly built in 2016
sleek Fairfield Inn & Suites. It’s a stone’s throw away from the Westside
Farmers’ Market and earns rave reviews
with free Wi-Fi, clean, modern interiors, and a hearty
complimentary breakfast. It is also a great
place to stay if you are visiting
your children or child who may or may not be attending the University of
California Santa Cruz. This is one of my
favorite subjects, places to eat on the
Westside of Santa Cruz. It’s impossible to talk about
the Westside of Santa Cruz without mentioning
Kelly’s Bakery, the all-day cafe that
revitalized the area by converting a former Brussels
sprouts packing facility into a spirited hub of
eateries, shops, and wineries. At Companion Bake Shop, which is also on the
Westside of Santa Cruz, a line forms early each morning for a countertop filled
with flaky, buttery pastries and Cat & Cloud coffee. Another one of my
favorite places to eat on the Westside of Santa Cruz is Avanti Ristorante. It is an Italian delicacy right here on the
Westside of Santa Cruz. They have been serving
our community for 30 years with their rustic
farm-to-table fare and seasonal cocktails,
all of which are delicious. You can also snag
expert cocktails on the Westside of
Santa Cruz at Bantam, where a wood-burning
oven churns out blistered Neapolitan pizzas
and seasonal organic plates. Another one of my
favorite subjects which I love to talk about right here on the
Westside of Santa Cruz are places and things to sip. So, Jason and I have
been touring around on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Right now, we are on
the Lower Westside at the Swift Street Courtyard, which is a fabulous place
for local wine tasting, beer tasting,
shopping, and dining. We are in front of the Santa
Cruz Mountain Vineyard. We are in front
of Sones Cellars, we are in front of Equinox, which, I like their
champagne, it’s fabulous. The West End has really
good food and drink options, and then, if you’re into beer, we have the Santa Cruz
Mountain Brewing Company, which, I don’t
really like beer, but I’m not gonna
tell you that. But I will drink wine. We also have MJA over
here, which is fabulous. They’re so gracious and sweet. And then my all-time favorite
is Stockwell Cellars, which we’re gonna go
inside and take a look. Come with me, Lower
Westside of Santa Cruz, right here in the
heart of it all. So, unfortunately,
Stockwell Cellars is closed, so I can’t take you inside. But we are right here on the Westside of Santa
Cruz in the heart of it all in front of Stockwell Cellars, which I love because
it’s kid-friendly. They have little bites, they have a food truck
sometimes to visit. They also have live
music on a regular basis. So, if you’re thinking
about things to do and you wanna check out
some wineries that are local and on the Lower
Westside of Santa Cruz, come to Stockwell Cellar. It’s a fabulous place to be. Next time, I will
take you inside and we’ll have a
drink together. From pour-overs to Pinots, the Westside of Santa Cruz is guaranteed to
slake your thirst. This little area right here on the Lower Westside
of Santa Cruz is one of my
absolute favorites. Sometimes I will run,
bike, or walk over here from my house, which is also on
the Lower Westside, and in the morning, I will enjoy a nice,
fresh cup of Verve Coffee, and in the evening,
I enjoy Bantam, which has fabulous
drinks, appetizers, fresh, organic, farm-to-table,
delightful dinners, three-course options, as well as a wood-fired oven that makes fabulous,
blistering, bubbling,
cheesy pizzas. Yum! Mmm, that was good. For oenophiles, the
Westside of Santa Cruz is the next best
thing to the vineyards thanks to a cluster
of tasting rooms pouring local Santa Cruz wine. You’ll find rare Spanish
and Portuguese varietals at Santa Cruz
Mountain Vineyard, refillable bottles of
easy-drinking red table wine at Sones Cellars, and robust cabs
and aloha spirit on the patio of MJA Vineyards. One of my favorite
things about living and being a part
of the community on the Westside of Santa Cruz is not just the
eats, but the sips, and we are going to go
check out Venus Distillery, which is a Santa Cruz, Westside
Santa Cruz local distillery owned and operated
by Sean Venus right here on the
Westside of Santa Cruz specializes in small batches of organic, locally-sourced
gin, whiskey, aquavit, you say it like that. A-kee-vit? Aquavit and blue agave spirits. It is one of my
favorite places, and I’m gonna let you
in on a little secret. Venus is about to
open at a new location still right here on the
Westside of Santa Cruz in the industrial area
right by Delaware and Swift, and it is going
to be a restaurant as well as a
distillery and bar. So, you are gonna
be able to have food with your spirit cravings, and these spirits
are delightful. You should check it out right here on the west
side of Santa Cruz, Venus Distillery, soon to be Venus
Distillery and Restaurant. I don’t need to say
I’m Shemeika Fox,
’cause that’s weird. But I am, I’m Shemeika Fox, and I’m gonna take
Jason in right now because he’s probably thirsty and I’m gonna buy him a drink. We’ve just been schooled. They do have vodka now,
back by popular demand, and we did also just find
out that the restaurant is scheduled to
open in the spring right here on the
Westside of Santa Cruz, we are at Venus Spirits. You should check it out. For all you Peter
Pans of the world and the real, true children, the Westside has
plenty to do and play. At Natural Bridges State Beach, gorgeous, sandy shores and creature-filled
tidepools lure beachgoers while a lush eucalyptus grove draws thousands of migrating
monarch butterflies each fall and winter. Also, Natural
Bridges State Beach on the Westside of Santa Cruz is my favorite
place to fly kites. Leading to and from
Natural Bridges is stunning West Cliff Drive, a multi-use waterfront trail that teems with joggers,
cyclists, and pedestrians basking in the glory
of the Monterey Bay. Go at sundown for
the real show. We are on the Upper
Westside of Santa Cruz at Pogonip, which is one
of my favorite places to hike and trail run. It’s absolutely
beautiful up there. There are breathtaking
views of all of Santa Cruz, the mountains, you can even
see the ocean in some spots, and the trail is very friendly. You can decide to go
up into the mountains. It also connects to UCSC if you wanted to
go that far in. But this is one of my
favorite hiking trails or running trails on the
Upper Westside of Santa Cruz. Come check it out. You will not be disappointed. Nearby on the Lower
Westside of Santa Cruz, the beautiful
Natural Bridges Farm invites visitors to wander
its bloom-filled grounds and fill a basket with fresh
veggies, fruits, and flowers plucked directly from the soil. The Westside of Santa
Cruz may be known as a sleepy surf town
filled with ex-hippies, banana slugs, and
throngs of tourists reveling in its stunning
beaches and historic Boardwalk, but it’s also a haven for
passionate doers and dreamers. Nowhere is that
spirit more alive than the Westside of
Santa Cruz neighborhood, located on the northern
edge of the city bordering where
industrial buildings and residential homes give
way to coastal farmland. The Westside of
town has always been a working-class neighborhood, but warehouses that once
held agricultural products on their way north
to San Francisco now house creative
new businesses focused on food, craft
beer, wine, and tech, just to name a few. Meet some of the hard-working,
passionate innovators who have led to the
Westside to become a tight-knit but
welcoming community dedicated to creativity
and collaboration. We welcome you with open
arms and a loving heart to the Westside of Santa Cruz. Come enjoy what
we love so much.

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