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Hit the water! From beachcombing to rafting, here's where to make a splash on your next vacation

Boardwalking: Santa Cruz, CA
Photo by David Fenton

Boardwalking: Santa Cruz, CA

The old-timey Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has rides from the ’20s, like the wooden Giant Dipper, to a modern spinning roller coaster, Undertow, slated to open in May. Get a primer on this beautiful stretch of coast at the new Exploration Center, run by Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. $32 rides pass; beachboardwalk.com

Best time to go: April or early May, for great weather and fewer crowds.

Stay: The newly renovated Beach Street Inn (pictured) has ocean views and a firepit. From $189; beachstreetinn.com


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