Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay
  • Santa Cruz, CA is located thirty miles south of San Jose, on the north side of Monterey Bay.  Families seeking fun usually head to the Beach Boardwalk, the only major seaside amusement park on the West Coast. There is the cliff walk that leads north from the Boardwalk and Wharf that is perfect for strolling, along with an extensive citywide network of bike lanes and paths.

  • The Monterey Bay has the distinction of being a designated Ocean Sanctuary. The views all around the bay are spectacular, whales, otters, pelicans, gulls, and seals can be seen from the shore.  About an hour north of Santa Cruz is  the largest Elephant Seal breeding area in the world, (Ano Nuevo Reserve) , (seasonal access).  Your front yard is home to seals, dolphins, whales, sea otters, and many, many more ocean creatures.

  • Walk or bike to nearby Pleasure Point, a popular surfing area, just a few blocks south.

  • Less than 3 miles to Capitola or the Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park .

  • An hours drive to Monterey or San Jose Airport, a few hours from San Francisco or Yosemite .

Santa Cruz was voted the #1 outdoor town by Outdoor Magazine:
Santa Cruz is the epitome of the California beach lifestyle. Predawn long boarding, midday burritos, single track mountain biking, afternoon kite boarding and fine local wines...'

No need for a car to get all around in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is a "bike friendly" town.  From beginners to pros, something for everyone. Along the way, see some of the best sights that California has to offer.  Santa Cruz buses have bike racks, which can take you to the Santa Cruz mountains (near UCSC), then glide downhill to the ocean, and continue up the scenic coastline.