Santa Cruz Attractions
Santa Cruz: Quintessential California
Santa Cruz California is the quintessential beach town rich in history, art, culture, natural beautiful and is home to the oldest seaside wooden roller coaster. The perfect year-round destination for families and couples, Santa Cruz provides visitors and locals alike a diverse range of attractions. Come Visit Santa Cruz and experience what makes our beach town so unique. Also don't forget to check out our Santa Cruz experiential packages for the complete vacation getaway.
Looking for some insider tips from experienced travelers? Check out Bay Area Buzz's "Weekend Fun Guide" for top Santa Cruz picks of what to "See & Do", where to "Eat" / "Play" and of course where to "Stay". Click here to read all about their adventure!
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
SAN LORENZO VALLEY: MEANDERING THE SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS
Once home to a bustling logging industry, the San Lorenzo Valley meanders through the Santa Cruz Mountains following its namesake waterway, the San Lorenzo River. From towering redwood forests, 100 year old steam trains, high flying zipling to award winning wine tasting, the San Lorenzo Valley is a laid back valley brimming with adventure.
CAPITOLA: SIP, STROLL, SEA
If Santa Cruz is quitessential, Capitola is quaint. Seaside charm brings visitors to this shopping, dining, sightseeing hub of Santa Cruz County. Just south of Santa Cruz and a few short minutes from Chaminade Resort & Spa, Capitola Village is the Pacific coast’s oldest seaside resort town and one of the county's most beloved areas to shop, stroll and take a dip in the sea.
South County: Adventures South of Santa Cruz
South Santa Cruz County includes the communities of Corralitos, La Selva Beach, Watsonville, Pajaro Dunes, Royal Oaks and Freedom. From gorgeous sunsets at Manresa State Beach, wildlife viewing along the sloughs of Elkhorn Slough to wine tasting at the world-renowed Annie Glass factory outlet.