Live Oak is mainly residential compared to other parts of Santa Cruz County and, as a result, you won’t find the number of events and attractions that you’ll find in other neighborhoods. There’s no true main street or downtown area to speak of and businesses are scattered throughout the unincorporated neighborhood.
One thing that Live Oak definitely has going for it is that it’s one of the most centrally located places to live. With the Seabright neighborhood of Santa Cruz just on the other side of the harbor and Capitola flanking the other side, it’s relatively quick and easy to get to any part of town, regardless of your method of travel. Highway 1 is also easy to get to from just about any part of Live Oak.
As with other parts of the county, beaches are not hard to find in Live Oak. Though the boundaries of Live Oak do not technically reach the coast, it’s a short jaunt to any number of beaches in the area, from Twin Lakes to Pleasure Point.