Santa Cruz Travel Guide

USA  #3 in Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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Free Things To Do in Santa Cruz

If you have extra time, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Santa Cruz
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    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Hiking, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    This 3-mile walking and biking path offers some of the best views of the county – and it's a great workout too. Along the way, you'll be treated to pristine vistas of the Pacific Ocean and you might even spot some surfers riding the waves at Steamer Lane or whales

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    Santa Cruz Main Beach
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    #2 in Santa Cruz
    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Santa Cruz Main Beach is also known as Boardwalk Beach since it stretches the length of theSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk. In the summer, it's one of the busiest beaches in Santa Cruz thanks to its lengthy list of amenities, including lifeguards, restrooms, nearby food options and amusement park rides and

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    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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    #6 in Santa Cruz
    Amusement Parks, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Amusement Parks, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a mile-long boardwalk and amusement park just south of central Santa Cruz. Operating for more than a century, the boardwalk boasts a plethora of rides, two of which – the Giant Dipper and the Looff Carousel – are National Historic Landmarks. The boardwalk also

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    Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
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    #9 in Santa Cruz
    Museums, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Museums, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum overlooks one of the most renowned surfing spots in Santa Cruz – Steamer Lane. Along with historic surfing photographs and boards, the museum features a bevy of surfing memorabilia. Visitors can also purchase souvenirs, such as books, the proceeds of which support the nonprofit museum. 

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