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Welcome to Santa Cruz County
The crowning jewel of the Golden State, Santa Cruz County The area’s sunny beaches, scenic forests and other attractions welcomes visitors with an enchanting blend of nostalgia, natural beauty and invigorating activities. Vacationers have been drawn to the natural beauty of Santa Cruz County since the 1800s. The legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is home to two National Historic Landmarks. As the West Coast’s oldest seaside amusement park, it holds a special place in history. Roaring Camp Railroads offers excursions through an old growth redwood forest aboard vintage steam locomotives. In addition, shopping, dining and other experiences await. Take in a local theater performance, an outdoor concert or festival. Opt for wine tasting in a variety of settings, like the Swift Street Courtyard on Santa Cruz’s Westside where you’ll find Bonny Doon Vineyard and other wineries. Art lovers can participate in a First Friday Art Walk with friends. And those who want to be pampered can check into a day spa and feel their worries melt away with a massage. have lured visitors and luminaries alike throughout the century. Teddy Roosevelt once visited Big Basin, California’s oldest state park. Olympian Duke Kahanamoku’s visit to Santa Cruz in 1912 helped popularize surfing. The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum pays homage to the town’s “Surf City” roots which still permeate every facet of the community today. Visitors can spend the day kayaking, sailing, hiking, or playing golf. Gently glide through a slough surrounded by only the distant chatter of songbirds. Feel the rush of sailing over the crisp waters of the Pacific Ocean. Experience a breathtaking view of the Monterey Bay as you hike down a mountain ridge toward the sea. Whichever interests you choose, Santa Cruz County offers visitors the quintessential California vacation, creating a real-life picture postcard to treasure forever. Santa Cruz County: Our beaches are just the beginning!

general information Located on California’s Central Coast, Santa Cruz County is approximately 70 miles south of San Francisco, 30 miles southwest of San Jose, 35 miles north of Monterey, and 375 miles north of Los Angeles. TOTAL pOpULATION: 272,201 INCORpORATED CITIES: Capitola, population 10,198; Santa Cruz, population 59,684; Scotts Valley, population 11,903; Watsonville, population 52,543 pOpULATION IN UNINCORpORATED AREAS: 137,873

CLIMATE: Mild with summer temperatures in the mid 70s, and winter temperatures in the mid 50s. Humidity is low for a coastal area. An average of 31 inches of rain falls annually, primarily between November and April. Occasional fog occurs due to changing Pacific currents. Approximately 300 days of sunshine per year.

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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Contents
Welcome to Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz
Your Wildlife Watching Destination
Field to Table
Locally Made
From the Mountains to the Sea
Culture and Creativity
201163 Events Calendar
Maps
A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Monterey Bay
Galleries and Museums
Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
San Lorenzo Valley
Scotts Valley
Capitola and Soquel
Pleasure Point
Aptos
Davenport
Restaurant Guide
Lodging Guide
Visitor Activities
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Welcome to Santa Cruz County
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Your Wildlife Watching Destination
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Field to Table
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Locally Made
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - From the Mountains to the Sea
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Culture and Creativity
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - 201163 Events Calendar
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Maps
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - A Wine Lover’s Paradise
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Monterey Bay
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Galleries and Museums
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - San Lorenzo Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Scotts Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Capitola and Soquel
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pleasure Point
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Aptos
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Restaurant Guide
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Lodging Guide
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