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    Santa Cruz is located at the northern end of the Monterey Bay on the coast of California. It's about 70 miles south of San Francisco, but San Jose and the Silicon Valley are only about 35 miles away over the hills on the infamous highway 17 (see separate review). The population of Santa Cruz is only about 50000, so it is a pretty small town.

    Home of Univ. of California Santa Cruz, so it's a college town. It has beautiful beaches, world-class surfing (the city's nickname is Surf City), the historic Beach Boardwalk with its classic rides and roller coasters are a favorite for kids and family in the summer, the pier with its fish market and restaurants and shops is a fun place to visit. Nearby hills we have tall redwood trees, and a train can take you from the hills to the beach! An interesting point to note, hidden in the hills is a tourist attraction that is named the Mystery Spot because it is breaks the laws of physics. This surely deserves a visit anytime and is a family fun orientated destination.

    A pedestrian-friendly downtown area which was destroyed by the 1989 earthquake and rebuilt. Monarch butterflies winter in the eucalyptus trees by the Natural Bridges state park.

    Mild climate, a bit cool from the ocean mist at times. Victorian mansions in old Santa Cruz for architecture lovers. For you traveling and nature photographers, did you know Frans Lanting calls Santa Cruz home?

    Santa Cruz is the typical beach area. Residents and visitors both ride and swim in a pleasant mood with the waves over here.

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      • Hinds House
        0.06 Km from Santa Cruz
      • Mission Santa Cruz
        0.46 Km from Santa Cruz
        Mission Santa Cruz was a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in present-day Santa Cruz, California. The mission was founded in 1791 and named for the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, adopting the name given to a nearby creek by the missionary priest Juan Crespi, who accompanied the explorer Gaspar de Portolà when he camped on the banks of the San Lorenzo River on October 17, 1769, and erected a wooden cross. As with the other California missions, Mission Santa Cruz served as a s...
      • Capitola Mall
        5.65 Km from Santa Cruz
      • Verve Coffee Roasters
        5.98 Km from Santa Cruz
      • Venetian Court
        6.91 Km from Santa Cruz
        Venetian Court is a residential seaside resort located in Capitola, California. Construction of Venetian Court, in the Mediterranean Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Mission Revival architecture styles, began in 1924 and continued for several years. On April 2, 1987, Venetian Court was listed as site 87000574 on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the first condominium seaside developments in California, and is in a United States Historic District. The two rows of colorful u...
      • New Brighton State Beach
        8.30 Km from Santa Cruz
      • Watsonville High School
        25.66 Km from Santa Cruz
        Watsonville High School is a high school located in Watsonville, California in Santa Cruz County, and is part of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. This is an open campus school, thus students are able to leave and come back after lunch. However, this has been a problem for many years; too many students skip class and end up either not graduating or having to move to other schools because of their cuts. The school mascot is Willy the Wildcat. The school colors are black and gold. Their m...
      • Manresa (restaurant)
        28.49 Km from Santa Cruz
        Manresa is a Michelin two starred restaurant located in Los Gatos, California. The restaurant was founded in 2002 by chef, David Kinch.
      • Elkhorn Slough
        29.41 Km from Santa Cruz
      • Villa Montalvo
        29.63 Km from Santa Cruz
        Villa Montalvo is an Italian Mediterranean Revival mansion nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, in Saratoga, California, United States. It was constructed from 1912 to 1914 by California statesman and businessman James Duval Phelan. After Phelan's death, it was donated to the state as a park and then a cultural and arts center, as it exists today. It is a historic landmark and in 1978 was awarded inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

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      • Capitola
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        Capitola, CA 95010, USA
      • 6670 San Anselmo Way
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        6670 San Anselmo Way, San Jose, CA 95119, USA
      • Marina
        Marina is located on the beautiful Monterey Bay, six miles north of Monterey on California State Highway 1, a mere 108 miles south of San Francisco, and 355 miles north of Los Angeles.

        Marina enjoys a Mediterranean climate with average temperatures of between 50º and 70º. There are two harbors and three airports within 10 miles of Marina.

        The City encompasses 9,000 acres and extends for 5 miles along the Pacific Ocean, north from the former Fort Ord boundary to the Salinas River and inland for 4 miles along the river to the municipal airfield.

        "Marina" was established in 1918, and incorporated in November of 1975.
        Marina, CA, USA
      • 920 2nd Ave
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        920 2nd Ave, Marina, CA 93933, USA
      • 1489 Blackhawk Ct
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        1489 Blackhawk Ct, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, USA
      • 408 E William St
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        408 E William St, San Jose, CA 95112, USA
      • San Jose
        San Jose is located about an hour southeast of San Francisco, and about 5-6 hours north of Los Angeles. It is at the southern mouth of the San Francisco Bay. Unless you take the coastal route, you will definitely pass through San Jose going between LA and SF along 101 en route to the 5.

        With a population of more than 1 million, a brand new modern city hall, an international airport, and location in the Silicon Valley, San Jose is still probably not a major tourist destination, but a business destination. If you are a tourist, the Winchester Mystery Mansion in located here. You may also enjoy the Tech Museum and the new City Hall in downtown San Jose. If you're in the shopping mood and some good food head to Santana Row.

        San Jose is the host of the annual Grand Prix car race for 2 years now, and it transforms downtown San Jose into a race track for 3 days at the end of July.

        For those that survived the dot com bubble they have found sanctuary on Santana Row, a boulevard of high class eateries, cafes, and designer shopping. It's also a great place for nightlife. The restaurants/bars transform into a nightclub.

        Its major newspaper Mercury News has a lot of stories and information on high-tech companies.
        San Jose, CA, USA
      • Monterey
        A Californian town noted for it’s literary heritage and Mexican heritage as well as a beautifully rugged Pacific coastline, Monterey is an atypical Californian attraction, a far cry from the sun-drenched beaches you might pick for a typical summer blow out, but deeper and more cultural in its outlook.

        Despite lacking that take-your-breath-away beach, some of the most enticing Monterey sites are still the natural ones. Kayaking, for example, is perhaps the ultimate way to view the rock-strewn coastline, while several companies run whale watching tours (seasonal – the best time to go is through the winter period), during which you can even spot the humungous Grey Whale. Scuba diving amongst the underwater kelp forests – home to all sorts of subtly sheltered sea life – and hang gliding or parasailing will keep the adventure sports enthusiasts happy, too.

        On the artistic side – aside from taking charming pictures of sea lions posing on rocks – there’s The Monterey Museum of Art, home to an impressive eight galleries. The Pacific Native Museum explores local history, and the Path Of History guides you around the entirety of Monterey heritage. The Carmel Mission has far more to offer than just a short look at local Catholic History, with several local celebrities buried up front and a little museum to explore around the side.

        Once you’re done with that lot, head up to the heights of Jack’s Peak Country Park for a panoramic view of the entire area, or check out the live racing action at the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway, just a few miles down the road. Monterey’s atypical Californian fair, the perfect place to indulge in the more traditional take on Californian life and enjoy sites like fairgrounds, flit around with the seals and whales, and explore the heritage of a part of the states that was long under Mexican control.
        Monterey, CA, USA
      • Carmel-by-the-Sea
        Beautiful little jewel, great for a getaway. Caters to the souvenir/art/ocean-themed-art buying crowd. Great place to get married or engaged. Pricey lodging; consider staying a little bit inland. Carmel is near the annual Big Sur marathon.
        Carmel-by-the-Sea Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA
      • Alpine Inn Beer Garden
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        Alpine Inn Beer Garden 3915 Alpine Rd, Portola Valley, CA 94028, USA

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      Climate near Santa Cruz

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      Graphic showing average weather in Santa Cruz in Celcius and Centimeters (Change to Farenheit and Inches)

      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 10.1 143.6 50.2 56.5
      Feb 11.2 104.8 52.2 41.3
      Mar 12.5 93.7 54.5 36.9
      Apr 13.9 41.9 57 16.5
      May 15.3 19.7 59.5 7.8
      Jun 16.9 5.6 62.4 2.2
      Jul 17.7 1.1 63.9 0.4
      Aug 17.7 1.8 63.9 0.7
      Sep 17.7 11.9 63.9 4.7
      Oct 15.6 27.6 60.1 10.9
      Nov 12.9 63.6 55.2 25
      Dec 10.7 115.4 51.3 45.4

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