Surf Santa Cruz or just Surf City, has a vibe like no other and is a fun beach town on the sunny north side of the beautiful Monterey Bay, 74 miles south of San Francisco. Surf breaks known worldwide include Steamers Lane, Pleasure Point and Cowell’s. Surfing is definitely part of the culture here.
According to Frommer’s Irreverent Guide to San Francisco, “Last stop, Surf City, the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is as close as you can get to a surfin’ safari without climbing on board…” We think Surf City should be your first stop when visiting the Bay Area.
Recently ranked as the only USA surfing spot to catch a wave in the world list of Top 10 best surfing places, it’s wave action is radical, but not everyone surfs in Santa Cruz, and there is so much more to explore. Tucked away in time, there is an old fashioned boardwalk with amusement rides on the sand, beaches where students from the University of Santa Cruz bring their books, beautiful open space preserves for mountain biking or hiking, a pristine harbor where you can sail or kayak, and a great downtown scene loaded with restaurants and shops. If you’re lucky you might catch an impromptu bongo percussion band playing on a street corner or a piano-playing clown in an alcove.
Since bringing your surfboard, kiteboard or mountain bike is a must, staying in a santa cruz vacation rental is essential. You’ll want the space to store your equipment (securely), and a comfortable spot to relax after the adventures subside for the day. Check out the Santa Cruz Vacation Rentals on adventurepads.com
If you own a Santa Cruz Vacation Rental, advertise for free with www.adventurepads.com. If you are looking for Rentals Santa Cruz, check out beach houses, surf houses, and condos in any part of town — near Pleasure Point, Steamers Lane, Waddell Creek (for kitebaording), Nisene Marks (for running or biking), or Big Basin (for hiking). Staying in a Santa Cruz vacation rental will be more comfortable and roomy than a motel room, making you feel like part of the warm and friendly community. People of all ages who visit are touched by the vibe here and when leaving many say, wow, that was cool…I think I could live there.
Check out our listings on www.adventurepads.com