Santa Cruz is the largest city and governmental seat of Santa Cruz County, California. It is located in the Monterey Bay region, 72 miles from San Francisco. The cities name is Spanish and translates as ‘Holy Cross.’ Santa Cruz is famous for its beautiful coastline, redwood forests, and alternative community lifestyles.
The major industries in Santa Cruz are tourism, education, and organic agriculture. The city is home to the California Certified Organic Farmers. In addition, the University of California - Santa Cruz, which is a major research institute and the city’s major employer, is based here. Other large employers are Santa Cruz city administration, and other private firms. Santa Cruz is known for its beauty and summer-like climate through the entire year, which increases the weight of tourism in the local economy. You will find executive suites throughout the city.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Santa Cruz offers many things do. Surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, road biking, hiking, golfing, and swimming, are just some of the options the visitors have in the area. The city also offers amazing beaches and numerous parks including Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and Año Nuevo State Park. Other things to see and do include the Grateful Dead Exhibit, the Open Studios Art Tour, and the Beach Amusement Park and Boardwalk. Santa Cruz has a lot to offer in terms of diverse dining choices. Some good examples are Costa Brava – affordable Mexican and South American cuisine and Crow’s Nest – a restaurant offering steaks and seafood, with ocean views and a full bar.
There are many airports around Santa Cruz, including San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Monterey. Shuttles provide connections between Santa Cruz and the airports in San Francisco and San Jose. The city is accessible by Highway 17 and Highway 1. There is also a Highway 17 Express commuter shuttle that connects the city with San Jose’s Amtrak services. Greyhound bus also runs services through the city. The city is perfect for cycling, especially in the summer months. Downtown Santa Cruz is pedestrian friendly and about twenty minutes from the beach. Besides driving, there are also Santa Cruz Metro public buses in the city.