Around midday on the first day of a recent vacation, we drove to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk hoping to eat at a cafe listed in our vacation guide book. We found the experiencing so overwhelming that we got back unto Route 1. However, by this point on Route 1, our previous experience of isolation was replaced by strip malls. We stopped in Watsonville. The name suggested rustic charm; instead, we ate a cookie and shared a coffee at a Starbucks.
We got back unto Route 1. We happened upon a fantastic deli and an even better brew at a Marina deli : Ramsay's Fat Lip Ale. We also found several non-alcoholic brews in the cold case (we did not taste these).