Best Time to Visit Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz is located just 75 miles-120 Kms south of San Francisco. Santa Cruz is a typical California beach city with a relaxing ambiance and a beautiful landscape.
Best time to visit Santa Cruz
When not to go to Santa Cruz
What to visit in Santa Cruz
Hotels and flights to Santa Cruz
MAIN GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES
WHAT TO VISIT IN SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
Travel Map: San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Monterey coastline
Explore the map below for details:
Santa Cruz is essentially a beach town, surrounded by the sea and beautiful mountains. Though the most popular beach is the one next to the Santa Cruz boardwalk, the quieter ones are Capitola, New Brighton and other small beaches a couple of miles out of town.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO SANTA CRUZ
Summer is the high travel period in Santa Cruz, and unless you book your hotel rooms well ahead, you will not get any good accommodation.
If you're willing to take some risks you may consider May and early June, or the early and mid Autumn to travel to Santa Cruz. These periods are usually good ones, with less people and a relaxed pace (and with considerable hotel discounts).
WHEN NOT TO GO TO SANTA CRUZ
If you want less crowds and lower prices in accommodation and other services, then do not choose the summer. Instead, choose March, April and May, or October. If you want less packed periods, avoid the major holidays aswell.
If you want to avoid especially packed days, weeks and weekends, then do not travel to Santa Cruz in the major holidays and weekends. Thanksgiving, Presidents' Day weekend (February), Easter week, Memorial Day weekend (end of May), the Fourth of July, Labour Day weekend (September), Christmas, New Year's, and other holidays, are packed times.
For more details on weather in Santa Cruz - San Francisco region, see:
San Francisco weather map
HOTELS AND FLIGHTS TO SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz has many hotel options. But you must book ahead if you intend to visit Santa Cruz in the summer period.