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Best Of Santa Cruz 2016 Community Life

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Best Bike Ride

West Cliff Drive

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1 This vibrant, two-mile long, mixed-use bicycle path stretches from the Municipal Wharf to Natural Bridges State Park.

2 On any given day, you can see surfers, otters, sea lions, pelicans, dogs, skimboarders, bodysurfers, kayakers, dolphins, whales and more.

3 West Cliff Drive is home to the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, which was established in 1986 and has collections dating back to the earliest days of mainland surfing.

4 West Cliff Drive is dog-friendly and family-friendly.

5 It boasts two prime spots for watching the migrating Monarch butterflies: Lighthouse Field and Natural Bridges State Park. CJ

Best Farmers Market

Aptos Farmers Market

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1 The Aptos Farmers Market was voted America’s Favorite Farmers Market in California by America’s Farmland Trust.

2 The market features 90 vendors, most of whom are certified organic or use sustainable farming methods.

3 In addition to offering fruits and vegetables, the market offers grass-fed meats and poultry, sustainable fish, oysters, handcrafted cheeses, locally produced olive oil, pasta and gourmet sauces, juices, sauerkraut, Corralitos smoked sausages and bacon, artisan breads and baked goods, and more.

4 The market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. until noon.

5 The market regularly features live music and special events. CJ

Best Wedding Venue

Seascape Beach Resort

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1 The ocean-view wedding site at this elegant resort overlooks the Monterey Bay.

2 An expert staff seeks to help create a dream wedding ceremony.

3 Wedding planners specialize in creating stylish receptions for up to 280 guests.

4 The resort’s executive chefs specialize in elegant California coastal cuisine.

5 Banquet rooms from 700 – 4,000 square feet also offer catering venues for the bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, brunch, reception and a honeymoon package. JS


 

Beach

Seabright Beach

East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz

RUNNERS-UP Capitola Beach, Twin Lakes Beach

 

Bike Ride

West Cliff Drive

RUNNERS-UP Nisene Marks, Wilder Ranch

 

Boardwalk Ride

Giant Dipper

400 Beach St., Santa Cruz,

423-5590, beachboardwalk.com

RUNNERS-UP Fireball, Log Ride

 

Derby Girl

Kosher Assault  

RUNNERS-UP Def Jen Wreckers, Hell Louise

 

Dog Park

Aptos Polo Grounds

2255 Huntington Drive, Aptos,

RUNNERS-UP Frederick Street, Scotts Valley Dog Park

 

Farmers Market

Aptos Farmers Market at Cabrillo  

6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 728-5060

RUNNERS-UP Downtown, Westside  

 

Local Athlete (non-Derby)

Luke Rockhold

RUNNERS-UP Nat Young, Tyler Fox

 

Neighborhood

Seabright

RUNNERS-UP Pleasure Point, Westside

 

Nonprofit Group

Save Our Shores   

345 Lake Ave., # A, Santa Cruz,

462-5660, saveourshores.org

RUNNERS-UP Second Harvest Food Bank, Take Back Santa Cruz

 

Place of Worship

Twin Lakes Church

2701 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos,

465-3300, tlc.org

RUNNERS-UP Inner Light Ministries, Temple Beth El  

 

Place to walk/jog/hike

West Cliff Drive

RUNNERS-UP Nisene Marks State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park

 

Retreat Center

Land of Medicine Buddha

5800 Prescott Road, Soquel

462-8383, landofmedicinebuddha.org

RUNNERS-UP Mount Hermon Conference Center, Mount Madonna Center

 

Wedding Venue

Seascape Beach Resort

1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos,

688-6800, seascaperesort.com

RUNNERS-UP Chaminade, Shadowbrook

 

 

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