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!