|Top holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£345|
|Family holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£328|
|Romantic holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£373|
Located in the Central Coast region of California, Santa Cruz is a city known for its youthful, bohemian atmosphere. Featuring some of the best beaches and surfing spots on the west coast and a thriving downtown area home to a selection of excellent restaurants and independent, off-beat stores.
A year-round mild climate means Santa Cruz holidays can be enjoyed at any time, but summer is the peak of tourism, with warm weather and plenty of events bringing in the crowds. To enjoy the warm weather but avoid the summer crowds, try visiting in October. Santa Cruz is serviced by the San Jose International Airport, which is located 40 minutes away from downtown Santa Cruz by car. Alternatively, visitors flying into San Francisco International Airport should take Highway 1 to Santa Cruz; it is longer than other routes but is one of the most scenic drives on earth, passing many beaches, towns, and the iconic Big Sur. Whilst in the city, visitors can walk or cycle but will find a car useful to reach the further afield points of interests. Santa Cruz is in the Pacific Time Zone (GMT-8).
Santa Cruz's many attractions and outdoor opportunities mean there is always something to do; why not do as the locals do and try your hand at surfing? Capitola Beach's low waves are the perfect place for a beginner. For a family day out try a visit to the Beach Boardwalk, a popular and fun seaside amusement park with plenty of rides right next to the ocean. In the evenings, unwind at one of the friendly bars in the downtown area before heading to the Lighthouse Field State Beach, the best place in town to watch the sunset. Santa Cruz holidays are ideal for holiday-makers looking for a mixture of relaxation and activities, and a truly Californian vibe.