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Natural Bridges State Beach picture in Santa Cruz
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Natural Bridges State Beach picture in Santa Cruz
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Natural Bridges State Beach is considered one of California's Best Beaches. naibank Getty Images

Situated between the Santa Cruz Wharf and Natural Bridges State Park, West Cliff Drive is a 3-mile path that yields breathtaking views of the crashing Pacific waves.  Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Paul Schraub

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk doubles as an amusement park, with mini-golf, laser tag, carnival rides and fare that ranges from corn dogs to deep-fried artichokes.  Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County

An iconic rock formation gives Natural Bridges State Beach its name, but some travelers say the area's peaceful atmosphere is its best feature.  Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Dennis Jockmans

Buy your souvenirs at the shops and eateries at the Santa Cruz Wharf – a favorite hangout of local sea lions.  Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Paul Schraub

All aboard! The Roaring Camp Railroads' "From Trees to Shining Seas" train takes passengers on a scenic ride from the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Courtesy Roaring Camp Railroads

Founded in the late 1800s, Wilder Ranch State Park gives visitors a peek into life on an old dairy ranch.  Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Greg Pio

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, filled with surfing photos and memorabilia, resides in a converted lighthouse along West Cliff Drive Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Paul Schraub

Inside the Seymour Marine Discovery Center, visitors have the opportunity to pet friendly swell sharks. The museum's grounds also showcase whale skeletons.  Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Mark Barnes

Santa Cruz Main Beach is one of the most popular stretches of shoreline in Santa Cruz. Families especially appreciate the lifeguards on patrol in the summer and the nearby restrooms.  slobo Getty Images

One advantage to visiting Santa Cruz in the late fall or early winter? The butterflies. Thousands of monarch butterflies overwinter in Santa Cruz, specifically in the eucalyptus grove at Natural Bridges State Beach – the only State Monarch Preserve in California. Spondylolithesis Getty Images

There are plenty of places to spot wildlife in Santa Cruz, including the wharf, where sea lions congregate to rest. naibank Getty Images

Humpback whales are most commonly seen off the coasts of Santa Cruz from April to November, while gray whales tend to make an appearance between December and April. Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Paul Schraub

Hit the road on Highway 1 for a scenic drive.  Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Frank Balthis

Santa Cruz is a popular locale for surfers, especially at Steamer Lane.  Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Dave Nelson

For a comprehensive overview of the Santa Cruz brewery scene, hop on board a Brew Cruz bus for a guided tour of the county's best breweries and bars. Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Brew Cruz

Santa Cruz County boasts more than 70 wineries and tasting rooms, including the family-owned Windy Oaks Estate. Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Paul Schraub

In Santa Cruz, there is a farmers market practically every day of the week. Courtesy of Visit Santa Cruz County and Garrick Ramirez

Natural Bridges State Beach picture in Santa Cruz
West Cliff Drive picture in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk picture in Santa Cruz
Natural Bridges State Beach picture in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Wharf picture in Santa Cruz
Roaring Camp Railroads picture in Santa Cruz
Wilder Ranch State Park picture in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum picture in Santa Cruz
Seymour Marine Discovery Center picture in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Main Beach picture in Santa Cruz
Butterflies picture in Santa Cruz
Wharf Residents picture in Santa Cruz
Whale Watching picture in Santa Cruz
Scenic Highway 1 picture in Santa Cruz
Surfing in Santa Cruz picture in Santa Cruz
Brew Cruz picture in Santa Cruz
Windy Oaks Winery picture in Santa Cruz
Farmers Market picture in Santa Cruz

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