Santa Cruz, with its gentle ocean waves crashing against pristine shores, is a West Coast beach town unlike any other. Just seventy-five miles south of San Francisco, this laid-back community has been a popular vacation destination for more than a century. With 100 Things to Do in Santa Cruz Before You Die, you'll find all the recommendations you need to explore this splendid oasis. Whether you're coming for the surf, the family friendly Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk"ï¿½‚ï¿½"one of the oldest seaside amusement parks in California, the magnificent redwood forests, or the up-and-coming beer and wine scene, you're in for an unforgettable experience. After you've checked off all of the usual tourist stops, you'll be wanting more! Beyond the popular beaches and downtown's Pacific Ave., there are tons of burgeoning neighborhoods to be explored. Eat like a local at one of the many innovative restaurants; drink at the best bars, pubs and lounges around town. Get down at quirky music venues and chill dive bars. Be inspired at the eclectic mix of galleries and boutiques selling one-of-a-kind pieces. Whatever you do in Santa Cruz, it's all about slowing down, relaxing and going with the flow. Four local authors combined their years of experience in the area to create this indispensable resource for the best Santa Cruz experiences, activities and events year-round. Their carefully curated itineraries and insights make for an awe-inspiring beach getaway like you've never had before.