We had no expectation for Santa Cruz. Every highway 1 guide we found suggested a Santa Cruz stop, we decided to check it out. There were two main recommendations for Santa Cruz - Downtown and the Broadwalk. With only enough time for one stop - we decided to go with Broadwalk. It was a Wednesday morning and the Broadwalk and beach was expectedly quiet with a few tourist like us leisurely strolling along the broadwalk; a few joggers made their way past us as shop and stall owners were prepping to start the day.
As we walked the length of the broadwalk, past coasters, carousel, broadwalk food and arcade games, the different shades of blue from the ocean to the furnitures lining the broadwalk seemed like something out of a nautica magazine. At the end of the broadwalk we found a mini observatory for viewing the habor seals. That was the highlight of the Broadwalk.
We also found a blue wall and the blogger in me could not resist a mini photoshoot in front of the "blue wall". We were barely there two hours before heading off to San Fransico. I spent most of our time on the broadwalk capturing as many shades of blue as I could.