Santa Cruz

70 miles south of San Francisco, 35 miles north of Monterey, and unabashedly left of center, you'll find great surf, sandy beaches, redwood-covered mountains, laid-back towns organic farms, and a burgeoning beer and wine scene. It's impossible to pick one place to visit in Santa Cruz County.

Top Adventures in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Wharf Walk

1.1 mi / 36 ft gain

Surf Cowell's Cove


Fern Trail, Spring Trail and Lookout Trail Loop

4.79 mi / 922 ft gain

Lookout Loop Trail

2.64 mi / 551 ft gain

West Cliff Drive

4.03 mi / 226 ft gain

Bonfire at Seabright State Beach

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Santa Cruz camping, hotels, and more

Santa Cruz, California

Surfside Spanish-Style Home | Epic Views & Hot Tub

From $591/night

Santa Cruz, California

Ocean-View Paradise w/ Hot Tub, 1 Block to Beach

From $541/night

Santa Cruz, California

Beauty at the Beach w/ Fire Pit -- Steps to Ocean

From $1,152/night

Santa Cruz, California

Surfer's Paradise | Private Backyard Oasis

From $353/night

Santa Cruz, California

Pleasure Point Retreat with Hot Tub | Walk to Beach

From $637/night

Santa Cruz, California

Endless Summer: Ocean-View Oasis - Walk to Beach!

From $474/night

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