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!
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.