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Santa Cruz, California Travel Information and Vacation Planner 










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


Santa Cruz Festivals & Events:

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. 2018

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Oct. 14, 2018 11am – 4pm.

Annual Monte Foundation Fireworks Extravaganza! – Oct. 7, 2018

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches—Oct. 2018

MORE Santa Cruz Halloween Celebrations—Oct. 2018

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13 & 14, 2018

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA



For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.



Top Santa Cruz Attractions:


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Fun for all ages.

Santa Cruz Campgrounds

Ocean views or Redwoods? Over 27 campgrounds and RV Parks

Santa Cruz Fishing 

Fall is fishing and crabbing season in Santa Cruz!

Santa Cruz Surfing

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


For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

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 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.







































































































































































































































































































































Santa Cruz Explorer

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We hope that you will find is the ultimate travel guide for California’s Central Coast, Northern California, the Sierra Mountains, and Western Nevada. To search another vacation destimation such as Santa CruzNapa ValleyHalf Moon BayLake TahoeMontereyYosemiteReno, and many more, simply click on a destination found under the “Destination Explorer” menu option.







































































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