Santa Cruz, California is situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about 32 mi (51 km) south of San Jose and 75 mi (120 km) south of San Francisco.
Santa Cruz, is known for its moderate climate, natural environment, coastline, redwood forests, alternative community lifestyles, and socially liberal leanings. It is also home to the University of California, Santa Cruz, a premier research institution and educational hub, as well as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park operating continuously since 1907.
You can find excellent resources for your visit to Santa Cruz, by checking out Santa Cruz site by the Santa Cruz Visitor’s Center. You can find an endless list of top things to do, hotels, dinning, shopping and upcoming events.