How to spring break when you’re spring broke, Bay Area edition

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Spring break, a week of pure escape for any Cal student. For some, it’s filled with promises of sandy Cabo beaches, and for others, it may mean a cross-country road trip with friends. Either way, spring break doesn’t mean you have to travel! With so much to do right here in the Bay, a week will fly by with ease. So, here are a few tips for Berkeley spring breakers this season.

For the city-slicker

In case you didn’t know, SF is literally right around the corner from campus. Filled with museums, live music, open markets, and boutiques, it’s easy to spend the entire day, if not the entire week, exploring! If you’re feelin’ touristy, a few must-visit spots include the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, and Lombard Street. However, for those already familiar with the city, a trip to the SFMOMA, a concert at Davies Symphony Hall, or a picnic at Dolores Park in the Mission are ideal too.

For the beach bum

Only an hour and half drive south of Berkeley, Santa Cruz is perfect for anyone in desperate need of surf and sand. Located right next to the aptly named Boardwalk Beach, is the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, an amusement park filled with over thirty rides! However, for a quieter spot try out Natural Bridges State Beach, or even Santa Cruz Harbor Beach.

For the Outdoorsy Type

For students in desperate need of trees and natural beauty, Big Sur, a mere four hours from SF, is the ideal destination for you. With sites such as the Point Sur lighthouse, which offers moonlit tours, or the Tassaiara, a storied hot springs resort, there’s so much to see and do. State Parks such as Limekiln or Andrew Molera, offer a variety of scenic trails leading to views of Redwoods and ocean vistas, that can easily fill your time there!

Happy adventuring Bears!

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