7.0 out of 10

Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz

36.9687166590998 -122.024705167518
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Nightlife
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • No ratings yet
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5

"Downtown Central"

Pacific Avenue is THE main drag for downtown Santa Cruz. It is a downtown stretch like any other, with a healthy mix of shops, bars, and restaurants. The shopping flare is a bit more hippie-esque than some of the neighboring downtown areas in the Valley, and there is definitely a beach flavor in the air. Given that this is downtown Santa Cruz, the stoner vibe is alive and thriving, and therefore not a place you would necessarily recommend for retirees or even tourist snobs.

The biggest drawback to Pacific Avenue is the driving – it is an odd amalgamation of one-ways and weird turns. Not the easiest to navigate, but park on a side street and you’ll be fine.
  • Nearby Beach
  • Shopping
  • Parking
  • "Stoner culture" of Santa Cruz is prevalent
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers

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