If you are looking for moderate climate, a beautiful coastline with natural beauty and spectacular redwood forests; Santa Cruz is the destination for you. Situated north of Monterey Bay, and south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz is not only a hub for educational excellence, as it is the location of a world class research university, it is also home to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park which has been wowing visitors since 1907. Santa Cruz has some of the mildest weather in the Western Hemisphere. Throughout the year, due to its proximity to Monterey Bay, residents and visitors alike enjoy a Mediterranean climate characterized by warm summers, and cool winters.
If you are an active recreationalist, with a passion for open spaces, Santa Cruz has several state parks and beaches, including Natural Bridges State Beach, Lighthouse Field State Beach, Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, and Seabright State Beach.
As for the foodies in the family, Santa Cruz won’t disappoint. Fresh local produce, sustainable seafood, award-winning California wines, and organic, locally-grown choices are featured in abundance in fine restaurants throughout the area, each of which offer up a unique experience for the discriminating diner. And if cultural attractions is your thing, Santa Cruz has several such attractions, including the Santa Cruz Art League (featuring an art gallery, and theater), Mission Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum which is housed in a lighthouse near Steamer Lane, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History. There’s no doubt about it; Santa Cruz is a world-class destination with something special for everyone. So if it’s not already on your bucket list, it should be.