Santa Cruz Travel Guide
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Santa Cruz, CA Travel Guide
Providing Local Insight and Travel Information Since 1998
Whether your perfect vacation is to take in spectacular ocean views while strolling along sandstone cliffs, experiencing the exhilarating thrills and chills of a beachfront amusement park or listening to the rhythmic sounds of the ocean waves while you relax on a sun baked beach, Santa Cruz, California has something for everyone.
Santa Cruz has the perfect blend of beautiful beaches, majestic redwood forests, unique shops, gourmet restaurants and award-winning local wineries.
Our Santa Cruz, CA travel guide can help you make the most of your upcoming vacation or weekend getaway. Start planning your vacation now by click on a category below and explore Santa Cruz County activities, arts, history and events.
Santa Cruz Travel Guide & General Information
What’s on Tap
Thunderbirds on the Santa Cruz Wharf! Sept. 29, 2018 at 9am to 3pm.
Featuring the classic 1955-1957, the 1958-1965 vintage and the retro, 2002-2005 Thunderbirds.
Open Studios Art Tour – First 3 weeks in Oct. 2017
Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 14, 2017 11am – 4pm.
Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 7, 2017
Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2018
MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2018
Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA
For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.
Fun for all ages.
Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks
Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!
With 11 world-class surf breaks such as Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point, it is easy to understand why the greatest surfers in the world call Santa Cruz home!
Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May
Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially along Mission Street and Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Capitols. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions.
Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.
EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.
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