Santa Cruz, California

The Location

Santa Cruz is located in Santa Cruz County, California. It is just 35 miles north of Monterey and 65 miles south of San Francisco. Santa Cruz is home to more than 62,000 residents, who enjoy mild weather year-round, with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Education, government, tourism, technology and agriculture drive the local economy.

State Routes 1 and 17 serve Santa Cruz and provide easy access to San Jose and the rest of the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Jose International Airport is just 30 miles northeast of the city.

Arts and Entertainment

Some of the most popular local attractions include the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which is the West Coast's oldest oceanfront amusement park, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and the redwood forests in the nearby mountains. The city's downtown area is home to a wide variety of shops, art galleries, restaurants and sidewalk musicians. Santa Cruz hosts a number of cultural events each year, such as Santa Cruz Shakespeare and the Scotts Valley Art, Wine and Beer Festival

Nature lovers will be at no loss for outdoor activities in Santa Cruz as the area is surrounded by redwood-forested mountains and has 14 state parks and 29 miles of beaches. Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy the city's vast network of bike lanes and paths. The area also offers surfing, kayaking, fishing, whale watching, sailing, rock climbing and backpacking.


Santa Cruz has a number of public and private elementary and secondary schools.

For higher education, the city is home to the University of California, Santa Cruz, Cabrillo College and Five Branches University, as well as Long Marine Laboratory, a marine research facility.

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