Category: Santa Cruz & The Coast

Capitola

One of the very most charming and scenic places near Silicon Valley is the Monterey Bay coastal community of Capitola.  Set alongside a river that meets the bay, with a backdrop of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it could not be more picturesque.  Add to that a quaint village with eateries, shops and things to see

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Aptos

Surrounded by the beauty of the Monterey Bay on one side and the costal hills and redwood forests on the other, Aptos is a small, scenic beach town in Santa Cruz County set between Rio del Mar on the south and Capitola to the north.  For beach-goers, it is perhaps best known for Seacliff State Beach with

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Santa Cruz

The seat of the Santa Cruz County, this waterfront city is known for its beaches, majestic redwoods, vibrant downtown, milder coastal weather, and the University of Santa Cruz (mascot: the Banana Slugs).  It’s also a tourist destination, especially in summer, as the cooler beach areas are welcome relief to those living inland, in drier parts

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