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Santa Cruz County is undoubtedly the quintessential California beach destination. Family-friendly but with a classic surf vibe, visitors mix effortlessly with locals in Santa Cruz and Pleasure Point. Explore the sweet towns of Capitola and Soquel, and visit the “Cement Ship” in Aptos, or a u-pick farm in Watsonville and Pajaro Valley. Visit a redwood forest in the San Lorenzo Valley at Big Basin or Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Look for sea glass in Davenport or check out Scotts Valley. Start exploring now!

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
DESTINATIONS
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. Take a quick cruz of them all!
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APTOS

The quaint town of Aptos combines the redwoods and the sea in one idyllic setting, from Nisene Marks State Park to Seacliff State Beach.

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CAPTIOLA & SOQUEL

Capitola’s seaside charm, combined with the rural feel of nearby Soquel oftentimes leave visitors longing for a more relaxed way of life.

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DAVENPORT

Eleven miles north of Santa Cruz, Davenport’s rugged yet beautiful coastline overlooks windswept, solitary beaches.

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PLEASURE POINT

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.

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SAN LORENZO VALLEY

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.

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SANTA CRUZ

Santa Cruz is undoubtedly the quintessential California beach town, awakening nostalgic memories of summers past and inspiring a new generation.

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SCOTTS VALLEY

Once a stagecoach stop between San Jose and Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley’s deep history goes back more than 150 years.

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WATSONVILLE & PAJARO VALLEY

Strawberry fields and apple orchards provide a gorgeous backdrop that welcomes visitors to Watsonville & the Pajaro Valley.

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MONTEREY BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

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.

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