If there's one thing visitors in search of an authentic experience want to know, it's where the locals go. Sure, the tour guides are useful, and of course concierges are great, but when it comes to getting a true sense of a place, nothing beats getting the inside scoop from the people who live there. That's why this visitors guide channels the ultimate Santa Cruz experts: the locals. Based on the Santa Cruz Weekly Gold Awards Reader Survey, it's a compilation of our readers' favorite places to eat, shop, relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Santa Cruz. Packed with visitor-friendly information, it's a treasure map to a place that's even richer than it first appears. We hope you find it helpful as you explore this place we call home.