The nightlife in Santa Cruz consists of casinos, nightclubs and many cabaret bars. A big carnival takes place during the month of February.
A wide choice of restaurants, with some Italian, Mexican and Chinese but primarily Spanish establishments representing various regions of the country.
Options range from tapas bars to high-quality dining, although none is especially expensive. The island's local cuisine includes fish (salted halibut is a favourite) and vegetables. "Papas con mojo" are local unpeeled potatoes cooked in sea water, served with a piquant sauce. "Gofio escaldon" (hand-rolled balls of toasted maize flour) is a speciality eaten with a dip.
A fantastic local excursion is the pyramids and museum of Guimar. All of the island's principal attractions are accessible from Santa Cruz.