It's been an unusually hot summer for most Americans this year, most beaches are at capacity, and many San Francisco natives or visitors are headed to have a The Lost Boys moment in Santa Cruz packed with tourists and the crowds jostling their way through the boardwalk. The better but overlooked choice would be to head one mile north to the gorgeous, less crowded, surfer’s choice beach—Davenport Landing. The small wooden sign which points to the entrance so small, you'll probably miss it the first time, but first glance at the beautiful majestic clift that is El Jaro point and you will be transported into another world, you could be in Sicily or Greece. And on the drive home while you smugly laugh about those people sitting like sardines in a can on the Santa Cruz sands, Don’t forget to treat yourself to a burrito at Taqueria Vallarta.

Photo: Roy Beeson