Postcards from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Catch a breathtaking seaside sunset at Santa Cruz's most visited landmark
On our last night in California, we spent the day in Monterrey and San Jose before cruising over to the Santa Cruz for a beach view of the boardwalk at sunset. While looking for places near the airport, but outside of the city, I can across a cute little hotel in Santa Cruz and decided to add one more city to our already packed itinerary. Founded in 1907, this beachside destination is California's oldest surviving amusement park and one of the few seaside parks on the West Coast of the United States. (East Coast, Best Coast!)
The Boardwalk extends along the coast of the Monterey Bay, from just east of Santa Cruz to the mouth of the San Lorenzo River. At the western edge of the park lies a large building is originally known as The Plunge, Now Neptune's Kingdom, A Pirate-themed recreation center which contains a video arcade, and indoor miniature golf course. East of the Casino, the boardwalk portion of the park stretches along a wide, sandy beach visitors can access easily from the park. The eastern end of the boardwalk is dominated by the Giant Dipper roller coaster, one of the best-known wooden coasters in the world and one of the most visible landmarks in Santa Cruz. The Dipper and the Looff Carousel.
A little slice of Coney Island on the Pacific coast. Anything you could want in a beachfront amusement park is here. Lots of rides, food booths, and shopping. There are old-fashioned carnival games and snack booths including the infamous fried Oreo and Twinkie kiosk that's a sugary staple throughout the 24-acre park. Plus, a beautiful beach to enjoy!
Santa Cruz Boardwalk