Ready for some good news? Santa Cruz County is still tops, as evidenced by the fact that there are more Gold Award winners this year than ever before. Thanks to our readers who voted for their local favorites across dozens of categories, in every community, (along with a few select choices of our own), we are once again pleased to present the ultimate guide to the best of Santa Cruz County. These are the people, places and things that keep Santa Cruz gold.

Food & Drink – Reader's Picks

Food & Drink – Editor's Picks

Arts & Culture – Reader's Picks

Arts & Culture – Editor's Picks

Music & Nightlife – Reader's Picks

Music & Nightlife – Editor's Picks

Shopping & Services – Reader's Picks

Shopping & Services – Editor's Picks

Community Life – Reader's Picks

Community Life – Editor's Picks

Health & Recreation – Reader's Picks

Health & Recreation – Editor's Picks