Pass coastal farms and spectacular shoreline on the drive to Davenport, a600-person town just 15 minutes northwest of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. If you want to visit more beaches, and of course you do, look for the parking lot across from the Davenport Roadhouse, walk down the bluffs past the railroad tracks, and follow the steep trail to Shark Fin Cove, named for the giant curved stone in the bay. A little farther north, it’s a short walk to Davenport Landing Beach from Davenport Landing Road, a protected cove and the original site of the Davenport town. Back in town, stop for a burger, fries, and a pint of Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery’s organic IPA at the historic Davenport Roadhouse, which overlooks the coastal highway. (If you want to extend your stay, the 100-year-old establishment also has guestrooms upstairs, which are more inexpensive than hotels in Santa Cruz.) After lunch, look for the Airstream trailer parked between the Roadhouse and local vineyard Bonny Doon’s wine-tasting room: That’s the Slow Coast shop, where you can pick up local honey, a cool tee, and jewelry made with beach glass, some of which benefit local charities.

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