About Santa Cruz County

LOCATION

Santa Cruz County is located on California's Central Coast, 65 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of Monterey. Situated on the northern side of Monterey Bay and hugged by redwood forested mountains, Santa Cruz County has 29 miles of beaches and an extraordinary number of state parks and beaches - 14 in all - and each offers a unique experience for visitors. The nearest airport is in San Jose, 30 miles northeast of Santa Cruz.

CLIMATE

Mild, with summer temperatures in the mid-70s and winter temperatures in the mid-50s. The sun shines 300 days a year and the humidity is low for a coastal city. Average rainfall is 31 inches per year, with most of the rainfall occurring between November and April. Occasional fog due to changing Pacific currents

Websites To Help You Plan Your Trip:

Here is a list of websites that have local events, restaurants, beaches and so much more:

Santa Cruz Visitor's Guide

Santa Cruz Life

SantaCruz.com

Monterey, Carmel, and the Bay Area are a short Drive, so we have includes local guides for these areas as well:

Monterey Visitor Information

Carmel Visitor Information

Big Sur Visitor Information

Bay Area Visitor Information