3 Perfect Days in Santa Cruz

3 Perfect Days in Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz is situated on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about 75 mi (120 km) south of San Francisco. It 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 as well as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park operating continuously since 1907.



  • When to go
  • Where to stay
  • What to do day by day - morning, afternoon, and evening
  • Where to eat meal by meal - breakfast, lunch, and dinner


This particular itinerary includes:

  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk
  • Natural Bridges State Beach

  • Big Basin State Park

  • Surfing lesson

  • and much more...