Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz, CA Burrito Picnics


Who loves the weekend?!

I freakin’ love the weekend. I spend my weekdays running around like a crazy person between working, attending classes at 2 different community colleges, doing homework, and trying to find time to hit the gym (key word: trying).

Since my weekdays are filled with things that are not the most fun, I try to maximize my weekend excitement by taking advantage of one of the many amazing road-trippable places close to me! This weekend, we picked Santa Cruz, California. This is about a three-hour drive away from me, which is usually the furthest we’ll go in a day.

When I say “we”, I mean my boyfriend, Tyler, and me! He and I have been dating for almost four years now and he’s the best guy I know. This is Tyler:

Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, CA


We go to Santa Cruz all the time now that the weather is warming up, so I thought I could write about what we do each time we go! This weekend was a really good weekend for us — it was warm, we beached, he surfed, and we ate some awesome food. If you live anywhere near Santa Cruz, I highly recommend you spend a Sunday there to start your week off with some fun!

What we did:

We rolled in to Capitola (a little beach town outside of Santa Cruz) around noon. Tyler usually likes to surf there because the waves aren’t too huge and it’s a known beginner surf spot, so he doesn’t have to worry about having perfect surf etiquette because he’s never the only newbie. The surfing is also off of the beach, which means that I can lay out on the sand and still watch him catch some waves! This is unique for Santa Cruz because many surf spots are off of rocky cliffs, so the beach area + surfing makes Capitola the perfect beach for us. However, on Sunday the swells were almost completely nonexistent, so we headed out to Pleasure Point — another known surf spot, but not just for beginners.

Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, CA

We’ve been to this spot before, and the last couple times we went there wasn’t any space to beach. There’s a cliff, a staircase that leads down to the water, and at the bottom of the staircase are the waves. Since we knew this, we parked in town and I headed to a coffee shop to do some work while Tyler went to go “get pitted”. (Surfing lingo, right?)

Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, CA

Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, CA

He surfed for about an hour and a half and I got caught up on an extra-credit writing assignment. He came back with news that there was beach where we thought there was only rock! I LOVE secluded beaches so we packed right up and headed over. Sure enough, there was beach and we were the only ones in the sand. So pretty. California, I love you.

Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, CA

After hanging out for a little while, we began to get shaded by the cliffs and the tide kept rising. We took this as a sign to leave, and went to the Patagonia outlet. Tyler was looking for shorts and the outlet can have some great deals. Sure enough, they were having an additional 40% off sale! If you’re a Patagonia person on a budget, this is a great place to check out.

Burrito Picnics!!

By this time, it was after 5 and we were starving. We both were really feeling Mexican food so we went to Taqueria Los Pericos and this place ROCKED. Burritos for like 6 dollars, free chips and incredible tacos. Highly recommend. It looks a little divey, but hey. The sketchier the restaurant, the better the food right?Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, CA

We got our food to go and went to an area nearby Live Oak beach that has a grassy area that overlooks the ocean. We set out my blanket and had an ocean burrito picnic. Seriously all of my favorite things happening at once. Here’s our secret ocean picnic spot:

Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, CA

Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz

Weekend Destination Guide: Santa Cruz, CA


After that, we headed back and drove on home! All of these things were easily accomplishable in a day trip. If you’re planning a vacation to Northern California or just live near-by give these things a try and let me know how you like it!

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  • Oh how I wish I lived near something like this! Everything about California just looks so happy and fun. Really cool posts too, I love it when guides are mixed with personal stories!

    • California is my favorite place, but I’m biased! Glad you liked it, thanks for the read 🙂

  • Omg! this is amazing! i am gointo to california with my sister in two months. Thanks for the advises and experiences!
    Gros bisous


    • Awesome, glad I could help! Let me know how you like it 🙂 🙂

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