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What's Santa Cruz Like?

People go to Santa Cruz to soak up the sun at Main Beach and to catch a glimpse of famous monuments like Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Travelers also like this walkable city for its entertainment choices and lovely seaside views. Take in the local culture of Santa Cruz at a top spot like Santa Cruz Surfing Museum. Popular sights like Mystery Spot and Natural Bridges State Park won't disappoint.

Where are the Best Places to Stay in Santa Cruz?

Below are the number of accommodations by star rating in Santa Cruz and the surrounding area:

  • • 2 5-star accommodations from USD 219 per night
  • • 35 4-star accommodations from USD 119 per night
  • • 84 3-star accommodations from USD 76 per night
  • • 46 2-star accommodations from USD 55 per night

How to Get to Santa Cruz

Flights to Santa Cruz

  • • Watsonville, CA (WVI-Watsonville Municipal), 13.4 mi (21.6 km) from central Santa Cruz
  • • San Jose, CA (RHV-Reid Hillview), 27.6 mi (44.5 km) from central Santa Cruz
  • • San Jose, CA (SJC-Norman Y. Mineta San Jose Intl.), 27.9 mi (44.9 km) from central Santa Cruz

Things to See and Do in Santa Cruz

What to See In Santa Cruz

  • • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • • University of California Santa Cruz
  • • Mystery Spot
  • • Main Beach
  • • Natural Bridges State Park

Things to Do in Santa Cruz

  • • Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
  • • Museum of Art & History
  • • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
  • • Pacific Garden Mall
  • • Pacific Avenue

Other Popular Santa Cruz Attractions

  • • Town Clock
  • • Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
  • • Mission Santa Cruz
  • • Ocean Street
  • • Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center

When Is the Best Time to Visit Santa Cruz?

  • • Hottest months: August, September, July, June (average 76°F)
  • • Coldest months: January, December, February, November (average 42°F)
  • • Rainiest months: January, February, December, and March (average 5.71 inches of rainfall)

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