Locals Go Loco for Santa Cruz First Friday

First Friday Santa CruzEach month, thousands of enthusiastic art-goers flock to downtown Santa Cruz to check out the art, music, wine, and food at First Friday.

Founded in 2003, the event started as a small guided art tour to help promote local artists.

Since then, however, it has exploded into a city-wide block party and social event that has completely transformed the local arts scene and revitalized the community.

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Guide to the Best Santa Cruz Beaches

Natural Bridges, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County is home to some of the best beaches on the West Coast.

Surfing?  Absolutely.

Tide pooling?  Check.

Miles of uninterrupted sand, and beautiful sunset views?  mmm hmmm.

Beach volleyball, Sand Castle Contests, Beach Concerts?  Got those too.

Nude Beaches?  Uh…

Guide to the Best Santa Cruz Beaches:

Santa Cruz beaches have something for everyone. Some are favorites with tourists due to proximity to hotels and shopping while others tend to be local favorites. Below you will find all the best Santa Cruz beaches. We’ve given you two options for navigating this post:

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Chocolate Covered Bacon Is A Vegan’s Nightmare And A Bacon-Lover’s Dream In Santa Cruz

Chocolate Covered BaconSanta Cruz is well-known for its vegan roots.

However, one local candy shop, Marini’s Candies’, goes against the norm by offering chocolate covered bacon and various other bacon-inspired offerings.

The marriage of bacon and chocolate, two culinary juggernauts that easily stand on their own, is truly a bacon-lover’s dream.

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