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Pleasure Point
A vintage surf community with a colorful past
While the idea of starting the day by surfing is a dream for some, for Pleasure Point locals it’s a way of life. The small surf community of Pleasure Point is located in an unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County, nestled between Moran Lagoon and 41st Avenue, adjacent to the Monterey Bay. Nearly a dozen famous surf breaks make Pleasure Point a destination for skilled surfers. It is a classic beachside community, home to wetsuit pioneer Jack O’Neill, where locals mix effortlessly with visitors eager to capture that authentic surf vibe. Visitors can soak up some of Pleasure Point’s flavor by browsing through specialty stores. Stop by a surf shop and admire boards that are not only functional but works of art, crafted by local surfboard shapers. For land lovers as well as shoppers, colorful boutiques display unique selections of home décor, modern and vintage apparel and garden art. For a laid-back dining experience, breathe in the casual atmosphere of a local restaurant. Pleasure Point’s cafes and quaint bistros that dot the area offer plenty of ways to satisfy cravings in a range of settings. Feel the alluring sea breeze while you enjoy hearty fare at an outdoor eatery after a day at the beach, or savor delicious fare at a cozy neighborhood bistro and unwind with a glass of wine. During Prohibition, fire fighting service was limited in Pleasure Point after dark, so volunteers formed the Pleasure Point Night Fighters. Residents began to rely on this volunteer organization for protection as well as for their skill with battling fires. A small plaque at Pleasure Point Park, at the corner of Pleasure Point Drive and East Cliff Drive, pays homage to this historic group. You can relax on a bluff side bench and watch as talented tube riders shoot the curl and leave the gnarly surf breaks to the experts. Or hang loose back at Pleasure Point Park, where longtime surfers compare stories from the day’s outings. For skim boarders, 26th Avenue Beach is the perfect spot. Pleasure Point’s enduring legacy is best expressed in its laid-back attitude. However you choose to experience this nostalgic seaside town, Pleasure Point is a perfect addition to your Santa Cruz vacation.
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Contents
Welcome to Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz
Your Wildlife Watching Destination
Field to Table
Locally Made
From the Mountains to the Sea
Culture and Creativity
201163 Events Calendar
Maps
A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Monterey Bay
Galleries and Museums
Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
San Lorenzo Valley
Scotts Valley
Capitola and Soquel
Pleasure Point
Aptos
Davenport
Restaurant Guide
Lodging Guide
Visitor Activities
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Contents
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Welcome to Santa Cruz County
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Your Wildlife Watching Destination
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Field to Table
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Locally Made
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - From the Mountains to the Sea
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Culture and Creativity
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - 201163 Events Calendar
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Maps
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - A Wine Lover’s Paradise
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Monterey Bay
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Galleries and Museums
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - San Lorenzo Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Scotts Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Capitola and Soquel
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pleasure Point
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Aptos
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Davenport
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Restaurant Guide
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Lodging Guide
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