About Santa Cruz
As the “Original Surf City,” Santa Cruz is a great place to come and enjoy the great outdoors, from surfing to hiking, mountain biking to riding a roller coaster at the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. And that’s just the beginning—with four diverse cities within Santa Cruz County, there’s plenty for all to enjoy!
Located on California’s beautiful and scenic Central Coast, Santa Cruz County has 254,539 residents and a booming tourist economy. It’s just 65 miles south of San Francsico, 35 miles north of Monterey, and 35 miles west of Silicon Valley, and covered with natural beauty in the form of pristine beaches, lush redwood forests and rich farmland. The Mediterranean climate boasts low humidity and gentle sunshine 300 days a year.
As the Gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz County has 29 miles of beaches, six state parks and six state beaches. The State of California owns and maintains 42,334 acres of parks in the coastal and mountainous areas of Santa Cruz County. The County itself maintains an additional 850 acres of parks, with more found within each of the County’s four cities.
For those who enjoy culture, Santa Cruz County has its own symphony, hosts the Cabrillo Music Festival and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and is home to the McPherson Museum of Art and History, the University of California Performing Arts Center and the Henry J. Mellow Performing Art Center. Santa Cruz is just a stone’s throw from Monterey and the world-famous Monterey Jazz Festival.
And added to all that is the eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants and personalities that make Santa Cruz County a special place to call home.