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What's Santa Cruz like?

People go to Santa Cruz to soak up the sun at Main Beach and to enjoy the many top attractions like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Travellers also like this walkable city for its entertainment choices and sea views. Nature lovers can explore top areas such as Monterey Bay and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Popular sights like Mystery Spot and Natural Bridges State Park won't disappoint.

Where are the best places to stay in Santa Cruz?

How to get to Santa Cruz

Flights to Santa Cruz

  • • Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), 19.3 mi (31 km) from central Santa Cruz
  • • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), 22.7 mi (36.5 km) from central Santa Cruz
  • • San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), 24 mi (38.6 km) from central Santa Cruz

Things to see and do in Santa Cruz

What to see in Santa Cruz

  • • University of California Santa Cruz
  • • Mystery Spot
  • • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • • Main Beach
  • • Natural Bridges State Park

Things to do in Santa Cruz

  • • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
  • • Roaring Camp Railroads
  • • Ocean Street
  • • Pacific Avenue
  • • Pasatiempo Golf Course

Other popular Santa Cruz attractions

  • • Monterey Bay
  • • Capitola Beach
  • • Big Basin Redwoods State Park
  • • Rio Del Mar Beach
  • • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

When is the best time to visit Santa Cruz?

  • • Hottest months: August, September, July, June (average 30°C)
  • • Coldest months: December, January, November, February (average 3°C)
  • • Rainiest months: January, December, February and March (average 235 inches of rainfall)

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