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Generally, it’s essential escape metropolis life and benefit from the beachside breeze, radiant solar, and plant-based grub—and what higher time than simply earlier than vacationer season begins? From coast to coast, we’ve compiled an inventory of 5 hotter-than-ever seaside cities to catch some rays whereas devouring superb vegan meals. So seize your SPF 50 vegan sunscreen and cat-eye sun shades, and let this information be the place to begin to your subsequent seaside journey.

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1. Santa Cruz, CA

Positioned 90 minutes south of San Francisco, this faculty/hippie city is house to VegNews headquarters and, throughout summer time months, is a vacationer hot-spot. Throughout the peak of the season, this metropolis’s primary points of interest embody a boardwalk stuffed with retro arcade video games, nostalgic carnival rides, and groovy live shows on the seaside. With the enlargement of fashionable plant-based eateries reminiscent of Café Gratitude, Sri Lankan restaurant Malabar, vegan-friendly grocery retailer Employees of Life, and all-vegan West African-influenced Veg on the Edge, Santa Cruz understands vegan delicacies. Moreover, weekly farmers’ market serve loads of contemporary fruit and greens from the area’s many farms. Cease by Mutari Chocolate Home & Manufacturing facility for ethically-sourced and decadent coconut-based sizzling chocolate. Lastly, don’t depart city with out ordering from Dharma’s (a favourite amongst VegNews editors).

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2. Asbury Park, NJ

An hour-and-a-half from New York Metropolis, Asbury Park is a well-liked vacation spot for close by seaside bunnies and seaside bros. Begin your journey with a refreshing smoothie and nutritious lunch at Twisted Tree Cafe, the place vegan-friendly choices reminiscent of a tempeh Reuben and creamy coconut berry smoothie can be found. Subsequent, take a stroll via the touristy boardwalk earlier than heading to Cookman Creamery for vegan ice cream flavors reminiscent of blue lavender and cookie butter. Replete with native musicians and artists, the nightlife in Asbury Park is an expertise to not be missed. Earlier than heading to the numerous bars (Marvel Bar is understood for being dog-friendly), seize dinner at native pizzeria Crust & Crumble, which provides many vegan-friendly Italian choices. Whenever you assume you’ve had sufficient, fashionable music venue The Stone Pony, the place rock legends Bruce Springsteen and The Doorways have carried out, hosts dwell outside music.

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3. San Diego, CA

San Diego is arguably the vegan sizzling spot in California. Begin your journey with a tofu scramble and a fresh-squeezed juice at Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar earlier than strolling cliffside across the Bay Stroll. Have lunch at Veganic Thai Cafe, the place a menu boasting mock duck curry and veggie tempura awaits. In the event you’re in search of a enjoyable and foodie-approved exercise, take an all-vegan cooking class at Veg-Enchantment, or—in the event you’d desire to sit down in your automobile to eat—go to the drive-thru at Evolution and head for the seaside to catch the sundown. After dinner, take a look at vegan cocktail-bar and restaurant Kindred, the place enjoyable cocktails with names like Zombie Prescription and Electrical Mayhem are the best technique to finish a vegan day. Even higher? San Diego can also be house to numerous vegan favorites reminiscent of Loving Hut, Veggie Grill, Native Meals Café, and town’s first vegan breakfast café Spoiled Vegans (don’t miss their signature waffle-wrapped breakfast sausage).

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The Surfinista

4. Cocoa Seaside, FL

Any seaside city within the Florida Keys is price a go to, however the surfer’s paradise often called Cocoa Seaside is a crowd-favorite amongst these within the know. It’s not exhausting to see why: the ocean views are gorgeous, and the meals is contemporary and nourishing. Seize a cup o’ joe on the artsy native café The Surfinista, an eclectic artwork gallery-meets-surf shop-meets-health-conscious restaurant (wraps, bagels, and açaí bowls are central to their menu). Whenever you’re finished together with your meal, take a tour of Ron Jon Surf Store, and when inspiration strikes, seize your surfboard and hit the waters. Subsequent, enterprise to natural, vegan-friendly restaurant The Inexperienced Room Café, the place the calming yellow-and-blue inside serves as the best backdrop to a tropical menu that includes açaí and limitless bowl mixtures such because the Huge Surf Bowl (that includes pineapples, strawberries, and guava juice).

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Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

5. Lahaina, Maui

The small, scenic Maui city Lahaina is surrounded by quite a few seashores with golden-white sands and wondrous whale-watching views. To gasoline your physique earlier than channeling your inside Moana, head downtown for a plethora of eating choices. Natural and domestically sourced Alternative Well being Bar provides a full menu of vegan goodies from kale salad to Buddha bowls to cashew chèvre-topped uncooked pizzas. In the event you’re out with kids, head to Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice for greater than 40 flavors and mixtures of shave ice, an incomparable Hawaiian deal with. For date evening, take pleasure in a wine tasting or chilly beer at Fleetwood’s on Entrance Avenue’s rooftop patio that overlooks the glistening Pacific Ocean. If the identify sounds acquainted, that’s as a result of it’s owned by Fleetwood Mac’s drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood. 

Aruka Sanchir is an editorial assistant at VegNews who’s eagerly planning her subsequent seaside city getaway.

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