7.0 out of 10

Mission St, Santa Cruz

36.9697643540962 -122.037166460702
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Clean & Green
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
2yrs+

"The start of a great stretch"

Cabrillo Highway, running from Santa Cruz north to Pacifica, is one of the most beautiful, untouched stretches of coastal road in the Bay Area. To be honest, I can't believe that the area hasn't been overdeveloped. Santa Cruz has the unique positioning of having the road start off as a pretty significant commercial/restaurant/nightlife spot, but it quickly turns into the massive, beautiful stretch of coastal highway that continues some 70 miles up toward San Francisco.

Few spots on the California coast have what Cabrillo Highway does - peace and quiet, aqua-blue water, clean, remarkable, large breaks...and stunning views, all within what is arguably the most under-populated spot in the Bay Area. This could easily turn into Malibu Beach meets Silicon Valley, but something has kept it virtually untouched.

Minimal traffic, coastal views, AND sunsets? This has to be one of California's best drives!
Pros
  • Beautifully scenic
  • Good nightlife closer to downtown
  • Good restaurants in the southern part
Cons
  • Crowded closer to the city
  • Expensive
  • Spotty cell phone coverage in places
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers

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