7.0 out of 10

Watson St, Santa Cruz

36.9677226976712 -122.007242472491
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parking
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers


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

"Decent Shopping Center"

This may not be the bustling downtown Santa Cruz that many people seek out, but it is a great little spot for locals who want good coffee, good food and good beer. Watson Street is home to a small but vibrant shopping center that includes Java Junction, Taqueria Cancun, Linda's Seabreeze Cafe, and of course, the Seabright Brewery. This street is also a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach, which is far less crowded here than on the nearby boardwalk.

This is a bit of a stand-alone shopping center, so the area is more suburban than downtown, but it does have some nice offerings. It can get a bit crowded here on weekends, but it is a decent spot that is not as chaotic as the bustling downtown and touristy boardwalk.
  • Close to beach
  • Great food
  • Easy to park nearby
  • Santa Cruz drug culture undertone
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers

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