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Explore rugged coastline, majestic redwoods, and trails to secret beaches on your next hike.
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Find yourself surrounded by natural beauty in less than an hours drive from the San Jose airport
Budget-minded visitors have a plethora of options! Discover the top 12 free things to do.
Rest easy: Santa Cruz County lodging options are as varied as their settings. Charming inns, seaside resorts, full-service and boutique hotels, welcoming vacation rentals, friendly motels, and rustic campgrounds promise a variety of choices for every budget and lifestyle. Looking for a romantic bed and breakfast or a place for RV camping? You'll find it in Santa Cruz County.
The quaint town of Aptos combines the redwoods and the sea in one idyllic setting, from Nisene Marks State Park to Seacliff State Beach.
Capitola’s seaside charm, combined with the rural feel of nearby Soquel oftentimes leave visitors longing for a more relaxed way of life.
Eleven miles north of Santa Cruz, Davenport’s rugged yet beautiful coastline overlooks windswept, solitary beaches.
Home to wetsuit pioneer Jack O’Neill, Pleasure Point is a classic beachside town with over a dozen surf breaks and an authentic surf vibe.
The San Lorenzo River begins in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and winds its way through majestic redwoods and the towns of Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Brookdale and Felton.
Santa Cruz is undoubtedly the quintessential California beach town, awakening nostalgic memories of summers past and inspiring a new generation.
Once a stagecoach stop between San Jose and Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley’s deep history goes back more than 150 years.
Strawberry fields and apple orchards provide a gorgeous backdrop that welcomes visitors to Watsonville & the Pajaro Valley.
Santa Cruz County proudly serves as the gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of only 14 federally protected marine sanctuaries in the country.