Our next stop on last weekend's coastal adventure was Santa Cruz, CA. While Monterey and Santa Cruz are only 30-ish miles apart from each other, the vibes are completely different. Santa Cruz had a much more relaxed air about it - and our activities proved that. We drove around for a second, found a parking spot and spent majority of the day on a blanket watching surfers and sea lions at the beach. Way more casual and the perfect end to a fantastic weekend trip.
tip: Carry a pack of cards in your purse whenever traveling. You never know when they'll come in handy.