If you’re looking for the perfect beach day driving from Los Gatos, it starts with grabbing a coffee and pastry from Manresa Bread. Leaving early is important when driving over the infamous Highway 17, so get on the road by 10:30 to avoid traffic. Once you’re over the hill, head to Twin Lakes beach for a beautiful spot to enjoy with friends and family. The Crows Nest Restaurants delicious Margaritas to-go are a must as well as Cafe El Palomar’s Mexican food. With these spots only a couple minute walk up from the beach it makes it easy to grab a quick bite or drink. After the long day, Los Gatos locals know that when coming back over the hill, heading into Willow Street right off the highway is the best feeling, followed by delicious food and great service.
Head to The Crows Nest for delicious seafood and cocktails, Cafe El Palomar if you’re feeling Mexican food, or Java Junction for some coffee and ice cream!
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The best place for your kids to run wild! The boardwalk is a must if you are hoping for a day full of caramel apples, endless rides, games, ice cream, live music, and beautiful beaches.
The perfect spot for some amazing food, local shopping, and perfect waves. Capitola is one of the cutest towns over the hill with a feeling similar to Los Gatos. Stop at Margaritaville for amazing dinner with a view and Suza’s Cones for ice cream after
Shop for Home
Pleasure Point is the spot for watching the skilled surfers in Santa Cruz and for a beautiful walk along the coast. You’ll pass gorgeous houses and lively people walking down East Cliff Drive. Don’t forget to pop into The Point Market for one of the best burritos or sandwiches you’ll ever have, a little spot only locals know about.
A beautiful beach that’s worth the extra 15 minutes down the coast. Rio Del Mar is surrounded by the gorgeous Seascape Golf Club and hidden beaches where you’re sure to find privacy. You’re missing out if you don’t stop at Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria for fresh pastries and food on the way back to Los Gatos.