Downtown Santa Cruz

The heart of the city, featuring boutiques, cafes and entertainment

U.C. Santa Cruz

A world-renown educational institution surrounded by natural beauty

Surf City welcomes you

A classic beach town with a boardwalk and surfer vibe

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town. It was here that Hawaiian royalty first introduced surfing to the mainland--and locals and visitors alike have been riding the waves ever since. Not far from the surf break, screams of delight and laughter fill the air at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the West Coast's oldest seaside amusement park. A few blocks from the beach is Santa Cruz's downtown area. The pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets are filled with vibrant shops and galleries, outdoor bistros and sidewalk musicians - all in keeping with "the Original Surf City's" free-spirited personality. Read more...

Edgewater Beach Inn & Suites

Across from beach & wharf, beautiful gardens.

Kayak Connection

Kayak tours & rentals daily, beginners welcome!

Comfort Inn - Santa Cruz

Stained glass windows & over-sized spas available.

Gayle's Bakery & Rosticceria

Delicious desserts, pastries, salads, sandwiches & more


Ocean views

Part two of the "Two Miles Down Highway 1" road trip!




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Santa Cruz

303 Water Street, Suite 100
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
800.833.3494 or 831.425.1234
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