After an amazing week in Hawaii, we hopped on a plane to San Francisco.
We didn’t stick around long though. After a night in a motel (not as terrible as we expected) we caught the bus down to Santa Cruz. We stayed here which was really central. The best part?
It had a pool!
We arrived around lunchtime and headed to the Walnut Street Cafe for a spot of food. Luckily, they were still serving breakfast (the best meal of the day).
We had more Mexican food for dinner at El Palomar, a bustling downtown restaurant.
The next day, we headed to the famous Boardwalk, via a walk along the San Lorenzo river.
The Boardwalk was awesome. Lots of colourful sights and sounds.
We met a few interesting characters on the way.
We played an air hockey tournament.
I’ll leave you to guess who won…
We took in the beautiful sea views.
And said a quick hello to the local sea lions.
After all that, we were feeling a bit peckish. So we headed for something Santa Cruz does very well – seafood.
This place came highly recommended by the lifeguard at our hotel.
They’re famous for their clam chowder, so we had to have some.
It was delicious. Our lifeguard was bang on.
We also had an array of fried fish, including calamari, clams and prawns.
As if that wasn’t enough, we couldn’t resist some fish tacos.
All incredible. Feeling very full, we headed back to the Boardwalk and then back to our hotel.
Via an ice cream place. Obviously. (This is a holiday within a holiday, after all.)
After some serious pool time, we headed back into town for some dinner. This place had caught our eye earlier that day and we couldn’t resist trying it out.
We started with some cocktails.
And then tucked into some classic Cajun food.
BBQ shrimp and grits.
And some classic fried chicken wings, served with a delicious buffalo sauce.
Since the place specialised in Bourbon, Alex had to try one of their selections.
His favourite was the Templeton, which was Al Capone’s favourite liquor.
Also – three double shots of excellent bourbon for $12?! Excellent value.
The next day we had a lie in (see previous photo) and a classic American breakfast at Zachary’s.
We had a chilled afternoon by the pool.
Followed by a wonderful picnic in the local park.
An amazing holiday within a holiday. Santa Cruz, you were awesome.