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Santa-Cruz Santa Cruz is located 74 miles south of San Francisco on the northern tip of Monterey Bay, and most well known for their fabulous beach boardwalk. This is California at its best - 29 miles of white sand beaches and all the thrills of an adventure packed amusement park, right in the heart of a charming, seaside village. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk has more than 30 rides and attractions, plus the Boardwalk Grand Arcade, Casino Arcade, and Neptune's Kingdom. Right across the street from the Boardwalk is the Boardwalk Bowl with 26 lanes of bowling. You can take a dip in the ocean, learn to surf, hike the coastal bluffs, or simply find a place in the sun, sit back and relax and "people watch." If you tire of the sun, sand and sea, explore the sights and shops in town or dine on the wharf. Other attractions in the town of Santa Cruz include the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art and History, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, and the historic Santa Cruz Mission. Santa Cruz is a quaint old city, full of interesting Spanish style architecture - it's one of the oldest settlements in the state and celebrated its' 211th anniversary in the fall of 2002. Lodging and dining in Santa Cruz is plentiful and varied, from high end to budget friendly.

Surrounding areas: Capitola, California (4.0 mi), Aptos, California (6.6 mi), Rio del Mar, California (7.0 mi), La Selva Beach, California (9.3 mi), Corralitos, California (12.3 mi), Monterey Bay, California (13.8 mi), Watsonville, California (14.9 mi)

Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals

Santa Cruz Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Inn & Suites600 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA (831) 458-9660
Best Western All Suites Inn500 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 458-9898
Best Western Inn Santa Cruz126 Plymouth StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 425-4717
Casa Blanca Motel101 Main StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 423-1570
Chaminade1 Chaminade LnSanta Cruz, CA (831) 475-5600
Comfort Inn - Beach & Boardwalk314 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA (831) 471-9999
Hampton Inn Santa Cruz1505 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 457-8000
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley6001 Ln Madrona DrSanta Cruz, CA (831) 440-1000
Inn Cal370 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 458-9220
Mission Inn Motel2250 MSN StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 425-5455
Motel Continental414 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 429-1221
Pacific Inn330 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 425-3772
Palomar Inn1344 Pacific AveSanta Cruz, CA (831) 423-7000
Peachview Inn157 Franklin St #51Santa Cruz, CA (831) 426-3575
Quality Inn1101 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 427-1616
Ramada LTD130 W CLF DrSanta Cruz, CA (831) 423-7737
Santa Cruz Inn2950 Soquel AveSanta Cruz, CA (831) 475-6322
Santa Cruz Travelodge525 Ocean StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 426-2300
Super 8 Motel321 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA (831) 423-9449
Super 8 Motel338 Riverside AveSanta Cruz, CA (831) 426-3707
Victorian Inn Motel516 Water StSanta Cruz, CA (831) 426-6111
Seacliff Inn Best Western7500 Old Dominion CTAptos, CA6.3 mi.(831) 688-7300
Rio Sands Motel116 Aptos BCH DrAptos, CA7.1 mi.(831) 688-3207
Seascape Resort1 Seascape Resort DrAptos, CA8.3 mi.(831) 688-6800
Econo Lodge9733 Hwy 9Ben Lomond, CA8.7 mi.(831) 336-2292
Comfort Inn Watsonville112 Airport BlvdWatsonville, CA13.9 mi.(831) 728-2300
Motel 6 #524125 Silver Leaf DrWatsonville, CA13.9 mi.(831) 728-4144
Holiday Inn Exprss Hotel & Suites1855 Main StWatsonville, CA14.1 mi.(831) 728-3600
Watsonville Inn970 Main StWatsonville, CA14.9 mi.(831) 724-8881
Best Western Inn740 Freedom BlvdWatsonville, CA15.2 mi.(831) 724-3367
Toll House Hotel140 S Santa Cruz AveLos Gatos, CA17.3 mi.(408) 395-7070
Lodge At Villa Felice15350 S Winchester BlvdLos Gatos, CA19.1 mi.(408) 395-6710
Clarion Choice Bristol Hotel3341 S Bascom AveCampbell, CA20.7 mi.(408) 559-3330
Carlyle Hotel1300 Camden AveCampbell, CA21.0 mi.(408) 559-3600
Residence Inn By Marriott - San Jose2761 S Bascom AveCampbell, CA21.3 mi.(408) 559-1551
Campbell Inn675 E Campbell AveCampbell, CA22.3 mi.(408) 374-4300
Towneplace Suites By Marriott San Jose Campbell700 E Campbell AveCampbell, CA22.3 mi.(408) 370-4510
Pruneyard Inn1995 South Bascom AveCampbell, CA22.4 mi.(408) 559-4300
Pruneyard Inn1995 S Bascom AveCampbell, CA22.4 mi.(408) 559-4300
Marina Dunes Resort3295 Dunes DrMarina, CA22.4 mi.(877) 944-3863
Bed & Breakfast
Inn At Depot Hill250 Monterey AveCapitola, CA4.2 mi.(831) 462-3376
The Hensley House Bed And Breakfast Inn456 N Third StSan Jose, CA26.4 mi.(408) 298-3537
Carriage House InnJunipero Between 7th & 8th AveCarmel-By-The-Sea, CA29.4 mi.(831) 625-2585

Santa Cruz Weather & Climate

The Central Pacific Coast, between San Francisco and the Monterey Bay, enjoys a mild, Mediterranean type climate. It can be cloudy and damp in the wintertime but spring through fall is sunny, warm and dry - perfect for enjoying the area's beaches. This region that is at the northern tip of the Monterey Bay does not experience much variation in daytime temperatures, but nights are generally cooler in winter than in summer. The rainy season runs late October through early April, with the rest of the year experiencing only a trace of precipitation. Early morning fog is common along the coast in the summertime, due to warm air moving across the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Due to very dry conditions in summer, wildfire is always a threat in the forested mountain regions and in winter, mudslides can occur on mountain roads when lots of rain is received over a period of a few days.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 61°F 40°F 6.49 in. 55°F
February 62°F 42°F 6.15 in. 56°F
March 64°F 43°F 4.78 in. 56°F
April 68°F 44°F 1.97 in. 57°F
May 71°F 47°F 0.70 in. 57°F
June 74°F 50°F 0.18 in. 59°F
July 74°F 52°F 0.14 in. 62°F
August 75°F 53°F 0.11 in. 64°F
September 75°F 52°F 0.41 in. 63°F
October 72°F 48°F 1.44 in. 61°F
November 65°F 43°F 4.08 in. 60°F
December 60°F 39°F 4.22 in. 57°F

Santa Cruz Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International airport (SJC) located about 27 miles north of Santa Cruz in San Jose, California, the Monterey Peninsula airport (MRY) located approximately 28 miles south of Santa Cruz in Monterey, California, the Salinas Municipal airport (SNS) located roughly 31 miles southeast of Santa Cruz in Salinas, California, the Hollister Municipal airport (3O7) located around 34 miles east of Santa Cruz in Hollister, California, and finally the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located about 48 miles northwest of Santa Cruz in San Francisco, California.

Santa Cruz Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA 
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA25.4 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA26.7 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA59.0 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA69.5 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA79.2 mi.
Water Parks
Raging WatersSan JoseCA26.4 mi.
Waterworld USAConcordCA69.5 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA83.6 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA115.0 mi.
Golf Courses
De Laveaga Golf CourseSanta CruzCA 
Pasatiempo Golf ClubSanta CruzCA 
Valley Gardens Golf CourseScotts ValleyCA5.5 mi.
Seascape Golf ClubAptosCA6.6 mi.
Casserly Par3 Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA14.9 mi.
Spring Hills Golf CourseWatsonvilleCA14.9 mi.
Deep Cliff Golf CourseCupertinoCA23.4 mi.
Blackberry Farm Golf CourseCupertinoCA24.1 mi.
Cinnabar Hills Golf ClubSan JoseCA24.4 mi.
Los Lagos Golf CourseSan JoseCA24.4 mi.
Santa Teresa Golf ClubSan JoseCA24.4 mi.
The Ranch Golf ClubSan JoseCA24.4 mi.
Pacific Grove Municipal Golf CoursePacific GroveCA25.2 mi.
Eagle Ridge Golf ClubGilroyCA25.8 mi.
Gavilan Golf CourseGilroyCA25.8 mi.
Gilroy Golf CourseGilroyCA25.8 mi.
Pruneridge Golf CourseSanta ClaraCA26.4 mi.
Santa Clara Golf & Tennis ClubSanta ClaraCA26.4 mi.
Sunken Gardens Golf CourseSunnyvaleCA26.5 mi.
Laguna Seca Golf ClubMontereyCA26.7 mi.
BayonetBlack Horse Golf CourseSeasideCA26.9 mi.
Poppy Hills Golf CoursePebble BeachCA27.5 mi.
Pleasant Hills Golf CourseSan JoseCA28.3 mi.
San Jose Municipal Golf CourseSan JoseCA29.0 mi.
Sunnyvale Municipal Golf CourseSunnyvaleCA29.5 mi.
Twin Creeks Golf CourseSalinasCA29.5 mi.
State Parks
Wilder Ranch State ParkCA3.5 mi. 
Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkCA3.6 mi. 
Zmudowski Beach State ParkCA15.9 mi. 
Big Basin Redwoods State ParkCA17.9 mi. 
Castle Rock State ParkCA18.4 mi. 
Ano Nuevo Island State ParkCA18.9 mi. 
Loghry State ParkCA19.1 mi. 
Cascade Ranch State ParkCA21.2 mi. 
Portola State ParkCA21.5 mi. 
Butano State ParkCA22.8 mi. 
Marina State ParkCA23.2 mi. 
Fremont Peak State ParkCA32.6 mi. 
Henry Willard Coe State ParkCA32.7 mi. 
Garrapata State ParkCA36.0 mi. 
Burleigh Murray Ranch State ParkCA38.3 mi. 
Ecology Hall of FameSanta CruzCA(Science)
Capitola Historical MuseumCapitolaCA4.1 mi.(History)
Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad CompanyLos GatosCA17.8 mi.(Technology)
California Antique Aircraft MuseumSan MartinCA24.3 mi.(Technology)
Stowitts Museum and LibraryPacific GroveCA25.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
History Museums of San JoseSan JoseCA26.4 mi.(History)
Japanese American Museum of San JoseSan JoseCA26.4 mi.(History)
Rosicrucian Egyptian MuseumSan JoseCA26.4 mi.(History)
Ableza's Native American Virtual Cultural CenterSan JoseCA26.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Captain Kazooz Kazoo MuseumSan JoseCA26.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
San Jose Museum of ArtSan JoseCA26.4 mi.(Art)
Children's Discovery MuseumSan JoseCA26.4 mi.(Children's)
Arnisto GallerySanta ClaraCA26.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Intel MuseumSanta ClaraCA26.7 mi.(Technology)
California Views Historical Photo CollectionMontereyCA26.7 mi.(History)
San Juan Bautista MissionSeasideCA26.8 mi.(History)
Hiller Aviation MuseumSan CarlosCA39.1 mi.(Technology)
Niles Canyon Railway MuseumFremontCA39.9 mi.(Technology)
Niles DepotFremontCA39.9 mi.(Technology)
Silicon Valley Art MuseumBelmontCA40.3 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA26.4 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA26.7 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA59.0 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA59.5 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA59.5 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA79.2 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA90.1 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA115.0 mi.

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