Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County is located on the central coast overlooking the majestic Monterey Bay. The region is know for its laid back beach lifestyle, endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and its natural beauty.
Santa Cruz is best known for its famous surf, dating back to 1885 when three visiting Hawaiian princes rode the local waves on redwood planks, and where today’s top surfers ride famous California breaks at Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point.
Santa Cruz County is filled with natural wonders. There are scenic, ocean views throughout the County. Visit world famous surf breaks along the West Cliff and Pleasure Point paths or visit the more than 29 miles of sandy beach and view wildlife. Towering redwood trees can be found at Wilder Ranch, Nisene Marks and Henry Cowell Redwood State Parks.
Santa Cruz County is an incredibly popular destination for family fun. One main attraction is the historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with its yesteryear-style esplanade lined with arcade games, corn dogs, a wooden roller coaster, and a historic carousel. Along the waterfront, you can rent kayaks, surfboards, standup paddle boards, or motorboats.
Santa Cruz County is filled with boutique shops and down-to-earth restaurants that focus on healthful meals made of organic, local ingredients.
Santa Cruz County is one of the worlds best beach destinations with its sunny Mediterranean weather, sandy shores, and laid back lifestyle.