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soquel

Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and Capitola, you’ll find Soquel, a quintessential small town, filled with locally-owned eateries, family-owned wineries, and numerous antique stores. Heading to Soquel is like taking a step back in time. Families are likely to call Soquel home because of its community atmosphere, great schools, and central location to other areas of Santa Cruz County. It is also ideal for commuters because of its proximity to Old San Jose Road and Summit Road, which provides easy access to Highway 17 and Silicon Valley.

 

 

SOQUEL ATTRACTIONS

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Antique stores

Scattered throughout Soquel, you will find numerous antique stores. These shops hold treasures both big and small, from antique furniture to vintage Santa Cruz postcards. You’re sure to find a unique treasure. For a list of the antique stores located in Soquel, click here.

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wineries & vineyards

You may not think of the Santa Cruz Mountains as wine country like our Napa counterpart, but the history of winemaking here dates back more than 100 years. There are numerous wine tasting rooms scattered around Santa Cruz County with a large number on the Westside, but Soquel is also home to quite a few! In downtown Soquel, you can find Vinocruz Wine Bar & Kitchen, Wargin Wines, and Bargetto Winery. If you travel further up the mountain, you will find Soquel Vineyards, Everett Family Farms, and Bertaux Vineyards.

SOQUEL RECREATION

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anna jean cummings park

Popular for a good reason, people from all over Santa Cruz County flock to Anna Jean Cummings Park. The park is commonly referred to as Blue Ball Park because of the large blue cement balls that are staggered along the hillside. The 95-acre park includes a large playground, pavilion style picnic areas with BBQs, multiple athletic fields, and walking trails.

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land of medicine BUDDHA

Looking for a place to hit refresh? Then you may want to look into Land of Medicine Buddha, an environmentally conscious meditation and retreat center on 108 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains. While Land of Medicine Buddha is an active Buddhist community, they invite you to come and explore their sacred center which includes miles of hiking trails within the redwood forest.

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soquel demonstration forest

If mountain biking is your jam, you’ll be excited to discover that the Soquel Demonstration Forest is just a short trek up the mountain from Soquel. With miles of singletrack and the famous ‘Flow Trail’ you’ll be wanting to spend every weekend out exploring them.

SOQUEL SCHOOLS

Public:

Main St. Elementary K-5th grade

Soquel Elementary K-5th grade

Mountain Elementary School District K-6th grade

Soquel High School 9th-12th grade

To view other schools in Santa Cruz County go here.

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SOQUEL RESTAURANTS