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About Santa Cruz County

About Santa Cruz County



Santa Cruz County is located on California's Central Coast, 65 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of Monterey. Situated on the northern side of Monterey Bay and hugged by redwood forested mountains, Santa Cruz County has 29 miles of beaches and an extraordinary number of state parks and beaches - 14 in all - and each offers a unique experience for visitors. The nearest airport is in San Jose, 30 miles northeast of Santa Cruz.



Mild, with summer temperatures in the mid-70s and winter temperatures in the mid-50s. The sun shines 300 days a year and the humidity is low for a coastal city. Average rainfall is 31 inches per year, with most of the rainfall occurring between November and April. Occasional fog due to changing Pacific currents.



Santa Cruz County received its first visitors about 12,000 years ago, according to extensive archaeological research. Since then, from the Ohlone Indians to Gold Rush settlers and now you, people have come to find that the beaches are truly just the beginning in Santa Cruz County. Our community's architecture, natural resources, agricultural industry, arts and culture, and social diversity originate from a scintillating history worth learning more about!


Total Population


Incorporated Cities Population Square Miles
Capitola 10,073 1.6
Santa Cruz 58,982 12.0
Scotts Valley 11,764 4.6
Watsonville 51,882 5.9


Population in unincorporated areas




Tourism, agriculture, manufacturing and high-tech.

Visitor Information

Visit Santa Cruz County
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Saturday & Sunday 11am to 3pm.




Steps to the beach, in the heart of the Capitola Village, our boutique hotel offers clean, comfortable rooms with high quality linens and breezy Caribbean decor. Enjoy our daily complimentary breakfast and afternoon cookies and tea service. Relax each weekend afternoon with our wine and cheese service, available in the lobby.

Capitola Hotel