Santa Cruz Travel Guide

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The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse

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Santa Cruz is at the northern end of Monterey Bay on the Central Coast. Highway 1 passes through Santa Cruz with San Franciso 75 miles to the north and the Monterey Peninsula 40 miles to the south. It nestles against the redwood filled Santa Cruz mountains that separate it from the San Francisco Bay area. In Santa Cruz, visit the Beach Boardwalk, a classic oceanfront amusement park, and ride the 1924 Big Dipper roller coaster. Watch the surfers at Pleasure Point and Steamers Lane. 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 - it's among the most beautiful in the world.
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