Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

Mountains. Ocean. Community.

Santa Cruz is undoubtedly the paragon of a California beach town, awakening nostalgic memories of summers past and inspiring a new generation. But while Santa Cruz is the classic spot to dig your toes into the warm sand and soak up the sun, the fun only begins at the beach.

See the iconic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. This seaside amusement park features the Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster that just celebrated its 95th birthday in 2019! The Boardwalk features free summertime fun including a family-friendly movie on the beach every Wednesday and live bands on the beach every Friday.

Take part in California’s official sport: surfing! As the birthplace of mainland surfing, Santa Cruz offers visitors many ways to dive into the surf culture. Want to dip your toe into the sport of surfing?

Visit the Santa Cruz Wharf! Stretching out a half-mile into the waters of the Monterey Bay, the wharf is lined with shops and restaurants. Make your way to the very end of the wharf to see sea lions and other underwater treasures!

Head to Downtown Santa Cruz during your next visit. Anchored by a clock tower, this lively town center features eateries, boutiques and art galleries. Downtown Santa Cruz offers a farmer’s market bi-weekly; featuring fresh produce, local art and more! For the outdoor lovers: explore West Cliff Drive running along the Monterey Bay. his scenic 3 mile walking path includes easy access and stunning views of the Monterey Bay; including Natural Bridges State Beach, legendary Steamer Lane and a pet-friendly beach. Head up highway 9 to Felton and check out Loch Lomond, Santa Cruz’s boat only lake!

West Cliff Drive

Ocean. Surfing. Home.

West Cliff Drive is a scenic, 3 mile walking and biking path along the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz with epic views of the Monterey Bay.  It is here you will find locals mixing effortlessly with visitors strolling, biking, running, walking their dogs, and pushing babies in strollers as surfers head toward Steamer Lane for the surf break. Walk to the surfer statue – one of the best places to snap a selfie – and take in the views of the wharf, boardwalk, and mellow surfers at Cowell Beach. As you head north, you’ll pass by Cypress Trees found along West Cliff Drive, iconic to the Central Coast. At Lighthouse Point, a grassy area is the perfect setting for Frisbee, soaking up some sun, or people watching. Lighthouse Point overlooks Steamer Lane, a world-renown surf break and arguably one of the best places in the United States to surf.

Abbot Square

Lifestyle. Food. Entertainment.

Abbott Square Market is a culinary and entertainment venue in the heart of Santa Cruz.

Vibrant from morning ‘til night, you can kickstart your weekend with a Saturday morning coffee session, or tap your feet to a local band beneath the stars. Relax with an exceptional glass of regional wine, an intriguing local beer, or divine craft cocktail. Join friends and family for an energizing breakfast, scrumptious lunch, satisfying dinner, or delightful dessert.

The essence of Santa Cruz awesome—all in one place.

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