Santa Cruz Activities
See what Santa Cruz has to offer during the winter months. Beach Street Inn is your hotel by the beach that’s in the middle of it all!
Looking for a meaty burger or a sweet treat? Check out some of our favorite restaurants with options to please every palate.
Picnic Basket: 125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Located directly under Beach Street Inn & Suites, their seasonal menu featuring local farmers, foragers and artisans offers a multitude of delicious options just steps from your room.
*Pro tip: The ice cream featured is from the famous Penny Ice Creamery. Grab a cone and enjoy the crashing waves on the beach right across the street!
Assembly: 1108 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Head downtown for the freshest ingredients sourced at the height of their season. Assembly also features several local wines and beers, (and if you’re in the mood for a burger, their West Cost Burger is to die for!). Plus, it’s only about a 15 min. walk to downtown from Beach Street Inn & Suites.
*Pro tip: There is a pop-up restaurant located right next to Assembly featuring different chefs throughout the year. The Picnic Basket is featured there currently, so you can check out some dishes that aren’t on their regular menu!
Stagnaro Bros.: 59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Located at the tip of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, Stagnaro Bros. has been around since 1937 serving up the freshest fish in the area. For a classic, order the clam chowder bread bowl, you won’t be disappointed! You can check out the rest of their menu here.
*Pro tip: You can also order to-go and sit outside on a bench overlooking the ocean!
Things To Do | Winter 2017
Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adrenaline, Santa Cruz has plenty of options to entertain you!
Whale Watching with Stagnaro Charters: Over 20,000 Gray Whales pass through the waters off Santa Cruz twice every year. The Gray Whale can reach 45 feet long and during migration they are consistently traveling between 2-4 miles per hour. This makes for great viewing of these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat! For more info, check out Stagnaro Charters’ website here.
*Pro tip: Gray Wales’ trip back (their northern migration) occurs from mid February through April and during that migration they are much more social and relaxed. You might even get to spot them mating, breaching or “spyhopping”!
Santa Cruz Warriors Games: Sports more your thing? Check out the D-league basketball team owned by the Golden State Warriors at the Kaiser Permanente Area. There are plenty of home games January through March, look at the team’s schedule here!
Clam Chowder Cook-Off on Santa Cruz Boardwalk – February 25th and 26th
The 36th annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off & Festival is where both amateur and professional chefs prepare their finest clam chowder recipes. In order to sample the chowder, you can purchase a tasting kit for $10. Plus, 100% of the proceeds from the tasting kits support Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation! Find the schedule for the weekend here.
For more info on all things Santa Cruz, go to www.santacruz.org!