Along the upper half of the Monterey Bay coastline lies the County of Santa Cruz. Boasting beautiful coastal scenery, parkland and forested mountains, residents and visitors find themselves at home in the lovely small towns and fun seaside cities.Show Less
The county seat and most populous city in the county is Santa Cruz, with its famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and coastal vibe. Other towns include Aptos and Capitola, Watsonville, Scott’s Valley, Opal Cliffs, Brookdale, and additional smaller towns along the coast and inland.
Santa Cruz County is host to a great variety of attractions such as Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Natural Bridges State Beach, the Santa Cruz Wharf and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Wilder Ranch State Park, the Historic Santa Cruz Mission, the Mystery Spot–a tilted visual illusion roadside landmark, and many more parks and attractions to explore.
Residents here enjoy a strong sense of community and participation in the arts, as well as a laid back, easy nature and friendly spirit. Located just a short trip from Monterey and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and from Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Santa Cruz County is also in prime position for those wanting a weekend getaway or second home.