Santa Cruz Boardwalk, Monterey
Beautiful ride, hidden homes & views of the coast from Monterey to Carmel. Each stop was marked with places to park and take photo's we saw:
- The Lone Cypress has prevailed on its rocky perch for over 250 years. This icon has inspired many and is revered as the eternal symbol of Pebble Beach Company.
- The Fanshell Overlook with white sand of the beach below is irresistible to harbor seals, which each spring return to bear their young.
-Spanish Bay where Don Gaspar de Portela, the Spanish explorer, and his crew camped here in 1769 while searching for Monterey Bay.
-Point Joe Early mariners often crashed upon these rocks after mistakenly setting their course for this point, believing that it was the entrance to Monterey Bay.
- We stopped and shopped at the 1919 Lodge at Pebble Beach home to the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. Open to the public, it offers a variety of expensive dining and shopping options.
Go to my pages on Santa Cruz which is wll covered there, but basically, Santa Cruz is about one hour's drive north of Monterey on the northern shore of Monterey Bay. Monterey is the more famous of the two tourist areas, but Santa Cruz will easily rival its southern neighbor for things to do. Besides the Beach Boardwalk, downtown Santa Cruz has plenty of hip style shopping and great restaurants. Santa Cruz has better beaches, that face south, and plenty of action for younger tourists. Prices are slightly lower, and the surf action one of the world's best.
Beautiful shops, beaches with surfers, homes, a charming down town but there were aggressive beggars.