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Best things to do in Twin Lakes

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

American Restaurant
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“It’s the bomb.com!!! Delicious food, amazing views!! I frequent this spot after a long day at Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz. Live bands Friday and Saturday nights upstairs in the bar. 100% recommended, prices are middle of the road. ”
140 locals recommend
Café
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“Yummy, yummy, yummy! Everything here is amazing...especially the Bloody Mary's! Get there early though or be prepared for an hour and half wait on the weekends...enjoy a bloody or two while you wait!”
44 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great Seafood restaurant at Santa Cruz Harbor. View of the boats and seals in the Harbor. Try their appetizers and they also have great oysters.”
22 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“All time favorite Santa Cruz beach!! Locals hang out here, so it’s not crazy busy with tourists. Located next to Santa Cruz harbor, you can watch the boats go in and out, book a charter out on the big O’neil catamaran, rent a boogie board or surf board, or join some locals for some beach volleyball. There is a cool little plaza on the beach front, coffee shop, sandwiches, and the Crows Nest Restaurant which is amazing! ”
24 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Great Small boat harbor- a great walk around the docks- Crow's Nest restaurant or Aldo's are worth a stop”
23 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“Kayaking in the Santa Cruz harbor is a great way to get up close and person with sea otters, sea lions and the occasional dolphin. Very easy paddling throughout the inner harbor ways.”
18 locals recommend
Route
“Drive or walk along the cliffs overlooking the ocean and surfers catching waves. ”
11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best Mexican! Located at Santa Cruz harbor on the beach. Offers Vollyballs to play on beach courts. ”
17 locals recommend
Cafe
“A great spot for an open-air coffee and/or breakfast. Charming and yummy and usually not too bad of a wait.”
15 locals recommend
Food
“My favorite farmer's market is just around the corner. Sundays 9-12. Music, food, locals.”
13 locals recommend
Store
“Stand up paddle through the Santa Cruz harbor - a perfect way to spend some time in the sun!”
11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“5-10 min. walk, small but popular local beach, waves crashing on rocks at high tide, boogie-boarding surf, fee on weekends for very limited parking”
9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very close a 20 minute walk or 5 minute bike ride by Sunnycove over looking Monterey Bay, Italian food that is delicious and authentic- then take a walk on Black's beach to see the stars and moon on the Bay”
10 locals recommend
Pool
“The Simpkins Family Swim Center pool offers year round swimming, water fitness programs, and swim lessons categories. Nice outdoor set up for all kinds of swimmers. ”
8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Simple delicious Hawaiian Food - take it to go, walk directly down the road towards the beach and you'll find a bench to sit at and overlook the ocean. ”
8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Enjoy our neighborhood beach just a block down and one street over to 26th Avenue. Enjoy quiet beach time, tidepooling, boogie boarding and world class surf. ”
10 locals recommend