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It’s Time to Hit the Boardwalk!

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It’s time to hit the Boardwalk in an ultra smooth ride like a limo Santa Cruz ride. Gather your friends and family and spend a day at the beach and one of the best amusement parks around. It gets pretty packed on the weekends and over the summer so it’s best to come early to find parking. Buy your tickets for all the rides that the Boardwalk has to offer– like the Giant Dipper, Logger’s Revenge, Cyclone, Speed Bumps, Typhoon, Shockwave and more. And while you’re there, check out The Casino Arcade and Neptune’s Kingdom for pinball, miniature golf, bowling, pool tables and laser tag. There’s fun for everyone of all ages. Buy an all-day pass for the best deal.

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The Boardwalk is also full of delicious food like corn dogs, pretzels, garlic fries, cotton candy, churros and restaurants like Dipper Diner, Barnacle Bill’s, Hot Dawgs, Surf City Grill, Fisherman’s Gallery, Barbary Coast and the list goes on and on! There is no shortage of food or places to eat! Once you get your thrill ride fix, run out and relax at the beach and play in the water. Don’t forget to bring your swim suit and sunblock along on the trip. Lay out your beach towel, set up the umbrella and beach chairs and enjoy the beautiful California sunshine. You may want to bring a frisbee or football to toss around. Set up a volleyball net for some fun competition. Be sure to apply a good layer of sunblock at the early start of the day before you even get out of your car. Don’t let a cooler weather fool you. Once you’ve been out at the Boardwalk and beach for an entire day, you are sure to receive a nice sunburn, and you will notice the aftermath of it the next day if you are not prepared! Don’t forget to reapply and have your kids reapply especially after they’ve been in the water.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated throughout the day and bring plenty of water. Going to the Beach Boardwalk can be an all day event and it’s best to be prepared. If you prefer to avoid the crowd and to do more of a beach thing, then we recommend heading further south to Capitola or Seascape. A trip to Santa Cruz does not have to turn into a nightmare with crowds and parking. It can be a great day of fun for all with a little planning and knowing which areas to go.


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Mar 17, 2017

Rent a Party Bus this Summer for Any Occasion

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Summer is here which means fun weekend trips to Napa, a baseball game, a concert, or a birthday party. This is the perfect time to rent a party or limo bus for any trip.  Jeff, from party bus San Francisco, recommends booking in advance as party buses are hot over the summer and get booked up quickly over the weekends especially.

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He recommends getting an accurate headcount of the number of people attending.  That way the company can quote on the correct size bus.  Many companies have 20, 30, and 40-passenger buses with the 20-passenger being the cheapest and the larger buses more expensive.  It’s best to get a commitment from those going because most party bus companies require a non-refundable deposit.  You do not want to get stuck with the bill when everybody drops out or you lose your deposit upon cancellation.

Next, call a few companies up and get information.  The most important questions to ask are:

  • Price of party bus (for number of passengers needed)
  • Does it include driver’s gratuity, taxes and fuel and are there additional costs?
  • What is reservation and cancellation policy?
  • Do you require a deposit?
  • Does the price include complementary beverages?

You may want to ask about packages for parties, weddings, etc as it may provide you with a better deal.  If you are particular about how the party bus looks, you can ask them to send you a photo or ask to come see the bus in person.

Party buses are great for any occasions.  You can use them for elaborate occasions like weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, Quinceaneras, prom, graduation, and birthdays.  Or you can rent them for casual events, like sporting events, concerts, wine tours, corporate events, family reunions and such.  It’s best to book in advance and as soon as you know that everybody is committed.

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It’s great for large group travel and can be more cost-effective than carpooling and taking multiple vehicles. Usually everybody splits the tab and it becomes an affordable option for transportation.

Additionally, unlike most forms of transportation, like buses and shuttle vans, party buses come equipped with fun and exciting amenities– such as flat screen TV, DVD and CD players, nice sound system, music accessibility with your personal mobile device and bluetooth, fiberoptic lighting, wet bars, and more. Which make for great entertainment during the long drive to your destination.

If the price does not include complementary drinks, most companies will allow you to bring your own. They will usually have ice stocked in the bar to keep your drinks cold.  Hope the article has helped to give you transportation options outside the normal types.  Most think that party buses are using for parties only.  As you can now see, it can be rented for any occasion!

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Jun 18, 2015

A Fun-Filled Week Ahead

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My nephew’s 2-year birthday is coming up in a week.  My sister and her family are coming into town from Massachusetts tomorrow and it will be a week full of activities and a birthday celebration.  She gave birth to my other nephew who is currently 4 months and I am just beyond excited to meet the little guy.

I spent this week multitasking– booked a delicious white cake loaded with fresh strawberries, looked for a birthday present for Liam, searching for cake decorations with animals or cars and trucks, which is what he’s into at the moment.  My sister, who is ultra crafty and has her own tassel business is making a cute cake topper with his name on it.  I’ll have to share it one of these days.

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I’m going to run to the toy shop to pick up a box of Magna Tiles.  They are the perfect birthday gift for toddlers.  They are colorful translucent tile magnets in different shapes and allow the child to use their imagination and creativity to put these shapes together to build whatever they want.  I bought a 100-piece set for my first nephew, Kyle, when he turned 2 and he’s almost 3 and still takes them out to play.  I recommend the 100-piece over the smaller sizes because they can build build bigger and taller.

They’re in town for about 10 days and we will probably take the kids to the local zoo, head down to Napa Valley for wine-tasting, as my brother-in-laws loves going to Napa whenever he’s out here.  This time around I am thinking about renting a stretch limo with limo Sacramento, since I’ve used their services in the past and had a great experience.  I’ve also used a service with San Jose party bus and had a really great time.

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We’ve also got Tomales Bay Oyster Farm planned on the schedule.  We did the whole picnic and oyster schuckling last year and had a great time.  The oysters are on the salty side, but I recommend bringing picnic foods and grillable items as they have picnic tables and bbq grills.

Depending on our mood, we may also squeeze in a trip to Monterey and visit the aquarium and hang out at the beach in Santa Cruz and Capitola.

I am really looking forward to this visit because the little cousins who are toddlers and babies will have a mini-reunion and get to spend time together.  I’ve also got a 3-month old niece who is absolutely adorable. Love her to pieces.  I’ve got a niece and 3 nephews and love them so very much.  I feel like the luckiest aunt in the world to have them.


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May 15, 2015

95th Birthday Limo

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While we are on the subject of limousines, it would not do justice to leave out a great limo company that we used for my grandmother’s 95th birthday.  Oakland Limo Service has been top notch from the moment we called them to ask questions about their limos and rates to the service that we received.  They took the time to answer all the little questions I had and the specific details I asked about the limos.  Besides, it was my grandmother’s 95th birthday and I wanted the occasion to be perfect and I wanted her to have the most beautiful limousine in the world.

We were greeted at the door with a gorgeous black limousine which seats up to 10 people.  Our limo driver, Bobby, took wonderful care of us.  He knew how important this occasion was to us and made every effort to make sure our transportation and experience went as smoothly as could be.  He was very polite and helped her into the limousine which has seats wrapped around the edge.  Even grandma couldn’t stop raving about what a gentleman he was!

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It was a very simple afternoon with lunch at The Paragon in the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley.  A very beautiful spot with a gorgeous view of San Francisco and the Bay Area from the Berkeley hills.  Not to mention great service, good food and wonderful staff.  After lunch, we took her to visit the Buddhist temple.  She said a few prayers, lit incense, mingled with the staff.  All in all, she had a wonderful afternoon.

Bobby waited patiently for us while we were at lunch and temple and brought us back home.  This was our first limo experience and for our first, Oakland Limo Service did not disappoint.  Everything I would expect in a professional limo company who cares about their customers and providing excellent services.  For those of you who are in the Bay Area and looking for a great limo company for any occasion or event, here is their info. or 510-466-1411.

I am thinking about using their service over the summer for a birthday trip to Napa Valley.  They say that many people book them for wine tours, weddings, corporate events, proms, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  The wine tour limo seems to be a great idea since we could visit several wineries and everybody could wine taste without worrying about driving.  Definitely a bonus!  I am excited just thinking about my plans!  Thanks for a great limo experience, I may be using them more often in the future for special occasions.

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Jan 26, 2015

Your San Francisco Limo Awaits You

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The awesome view of the Golden Gate Bridge is not the only thing you will be able to enjoy when you go on a city tour of beautiful San Francisco in a fancy limousine. In fact, it is just in the very long list of destinations. You can enjoy the skyscrapers in downtown as well as the laid back country sides in the most convenient and comfortable manner. And because you are inside an executive vehicle which is roomy enough for a number of friends, you can invite them for a tour adventure in style.

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A limo is maybe not the most common tour vehicle you will see, which is all the more a good reason for you to use one for your travel around the beauteous city of San Francisco. First and foremost, you will definitely feel great inside this grand and executive limousine service because it is spacious, elegant and of course, complete with every possible thing you will need during the tour. Second, you are definitely safe with a service such as this because it is not the common ride for tourists. Meaning, you will be far from those unscrupulous people who are always bugging travelers and tourists. Third, you have a very capable and licensed driver as your guide. Last but not the least, your automobile is equipped with high end features that will ensure your safety and security where ever you go.

Besides, who wouldn’t want to roam around San Francisco in the most stylish and posh transportation? Everyone would certainly want to experience limo service in San Francisco at some point. If you have the means and the resource, you should definitely take advantage of this. All you need to do is contact the best provider or travel agency that offer limo service for those who are going on a city or downtown tour. But that is not the only thing that a limo service can provide you with because it can take you to the best destinations, even if it is hours or more away from downtown. Say you want to enjoy the view of Alcatraz Island, you can call on a wonderful transportation service like San Francisco limo company to take you there.

Whether your destination is the Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park or Chinatown, your ultra luxe transportation can get you to all these places in comfort and style. All you need to do is book for the best package that the service provider of this vehicle offers. But for the best result, make sure that you also include a list of the places you want to go when you book for a tour service.  Also, ensure that the service you get is perfect for the tour you are planning to do while in the city.  Lastly, check the license of the company as well as the driver.  By following these limo booking tips, you will be able to make the most of your sightseeing tour and enjoy your trip in a luxurious limousine without worries.

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Jan 6, 2015