Thrillist ToyotA – SAntA Cruz

Damien D'amico

You likely know of Santa Cruz thanks to its catchy (read: OMG GET THIS JINGLE OUT OF MY HEAD) commercials about its famous beach boardwalk. And sure -- the state’s oldest theme park right on the beach is worth a visit, but thanks to tech booming just over the hill and a bunch of craft breweries popping up, this sleepy surf-paradise-meets-college-town has way more to offer than a vintage roller coaster and arcade. In fact when we visited, we didn’t even smell the cotton candy.