Santa Cruz

Population: 60,000

Area: 13.3 sq. miles

Santa Cruz is a unique city located at the northern stretch of the Monterey Bay. Famous for its relaxed lifestyle, incredible surf and beaches, galleries, UC campus, and natural beauty, Santa Cruz truly has something to offer to all new comers. The down town area is filled with shopping, dining, and entertainment along side cafes and bistros that highlight the tranquil atmosphere of the area. The Beach Boardwalk operates during the summer, and the nearby wharf hosts a variety of dining and shopping. Its clean beaches and parks celebrate the pristine coastal environment of Santa Cruz.