A Tour of Santa Cruz Strangeness

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Artists, hippies and anyone with an acquired taste for the impossibly strange have been making the pilgrimage to Santa Cruz for decades. Drawn by the sheer beauty of the mountains and calm of the ocean, this city by the sea has collected a legendary reputation for keeping things different—even inspiring the local slogan “Keep Santa Cruz Weird”— but not everyone knows what keeps the magic going. Here’s a short list.

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