Santa Cruz is occupying approximately 70mi/115km south of San Francisco, between Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains, is very famous
because of its 30mi/46km of beautiful beaches. For visitors it is the first place south of the city where it is possible to bathe, at least
in summer and autumn.|
Santa Cruz was founded in 1791, in 1797 the Spaniards made the village of Pueblo Branciforte, the inhabitants of which carried out a series
of robberies at the mission which led to its gradual downfall.
Its year of founding is given in 1840, but it did not include its charter until 26 years later. The municipality was initially an important
harbor from which redwood felled nearby was displaced all over the world. Step by step, it became a holiday resort and spa. The long municipal
pier is the only one in California with a leisure park. There is plenty of activity here all the year round. "Miss California" is chosen here
For a little bayside city, Santa Cruz has a lot to offer. The principal show, of course, is the Beach Boardwalk, the West Coast's only seaside
amusement park, which attracts millions of visitors each year. But past the arcades and cotton candy is a surprisingly diverse and energetic
city that has a little something for everyone. Shopping, hiking, mountain biking, sailing, fishing, kayaking, surfing, wine tasting, golfing and
whale-watching are things that you can do.
Santa Cruz is situated in the northern end of Monterey Bay on the Central Coast. Main highway passes through Santa Cruz with San Franciso 75
miles to the north and the Monterey Peninsula 40 miles to the south. Walk among the redwoods in the nearby San Lorenzo Valley. Walk the beaches
Santa Cruz and Capitola. Shop or dine on the always colorful Pacific Avenue. Or visit the University of California, Santa Cruz campus. Itís
among the most popular in the world.