Surf's up! Offering over 46 kilometers of beaches Santa Cruz, the birthplace of mainland surfing in the United States, welcomes international visitors to California's favorite beach town. From a legendary 100-year old seaside amusement park overlooking the Monterey Bay to a vintage steam train which travels through old growth coastal redwood forests, Santa Cruz provides the Golden State's quintessential beach vacation. Santa Cruz is located a mere 90 minutes south of San Francisco (a bit over 112 km) via scenic Highway 1 along the coastline. Boutique wineries and picturesque tasting rooms are where winemakers share their love of the craft with visitors. With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, who wouldn't want to feel the warmth of "Surf City"?