Ahh Santa Cruz, the easy going town of beaches, sunshine, and great Mexican food! Andy and I have been to Santa Cruz a few times now and we can never seem to get enough. The sun is always shining and the beach is usually filled with sunbathers. Somehow Santa Cruz is always warm enough for laying on the beach in a bathing suit. (Quite unlike other Bay Area beaches!) The town is only 1-hour south of the Bay Area, but it has a completely different feel to it. To me it feels more like the East Coast...or even Southern California. I love the beach culture of volley ball, laying out, sand castle building, the fishing pier, and a boardwalk full of entertainment and rides. If only it were slightly closer, we would probably spend all of our weekends there.