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Offering over 46 kilometres of beaches Santa Cruz, the birthplace of mainland surfing in the United States, welcomes international visitors to California’s favorite beach town. From a legendary 100-year old seaside amusement park overlooking the Monterey Bay to a vintage steam train which travels through old growth coastal redwood forests, Santa Cruz provides the Golden State’s quintessential beach vacation. Santa Cruz is located a mere 90 minutes south of San Francisco (a bit over 112 km) via scenic Highway 1 along the coastline. Boutique wineries and picturesque tasting rooms are where winemakers share their love of the craft with visitors. With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, who wouldn’t want to feel the warmth of “Surf City”?

Getting to Santa Cruz:

An easy drive south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz County’s small-town charm and idyllic beach communities offer the quintessential California vacation. Santa Cruz County is easily accessible by car via Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz Mountains, or California’s scenic Highway 1. Santa Cruz County is served directly by bus. The nearest major airport is San Jose International Airport, 30 miles northeast of Santa Cruz. The nearest train depot is also located in San Jose. San Francisco International Airport is approximately 60 miles north of Santa Cruz, and OaklandInternational Airport is approximately 65 miles north of Santa Cruz.

2020 Travellers Guide:

Plan Your Visit to Where Surfing Began! Santa Cruz County, the birthplace of mainland surfing, is the quintessential California beach town. Now you can plan your 2020 vacation to Santa Cruz County with the Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide. This easy-to-use digital version of the printed guide provides timely and useful destination information in an inspirational, one-of-a-kind publication. Explore coastal redwoods, 29 miles of exquisite beaches, boutique wineries, farm-to-table fare, 14 state parks and beaches, a vibrant arts and culture scene, heritage tourism hot spots, and thrilling attractions. Find the perfect hotel on the beach, quaint bed and breakfast inn, vacation rental for the family, or a rustic campground to round out your stay.

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