.Best Of Santa Cruz 2016 Community Life

Community Life

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


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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




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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