Santa Cruz, California started its history in colonial California as Mission Santa Cruz in 1791. Rich in history, Santa Cruz has evolved into a beach resort community and college town, home to the University of California, Santa Cruz. Known for its moderate climate, natural beauty of its coastline, and of course its liberal leaning counterculture, Santa Cruz is a must visit when travelling along the California Coast. The Town’s main attraction is undoubtedly, The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park with old fashioned carnival games, rollercoasters and other amusement park thrill rides. The Boardwalk is California’s oldest amusement park and the sole remaining seaside amusement park on the West Coast.
Located 75 miles south of San Francisco, and long considered one of Americas Surf Capitals, Santa Cruz offers some of the best surfing in the world. The culture is very laid back and casual so bring your flip flops, beach towel, and relax on the beach. Santa Cruz is the quintessential California Beach Town. Several hotels and smaller motels and inns dot the downtown area offering easy access to The Boardwalk and Beach. The Town offers many great seafood dining experiences, coffee shops, and roadside stands giving Santa Cruz an authentic beach town feel. Located between Monterey and San Francisco on Highway 1 and within half and hour from San Jose, Santa Cruz is a favorite local destination for many city dwellers just wanting to get away and go to the beach.