Santa Cruz County is one of the best places to live in California. The soaring redwoods, perfect beaches, and beautiful towns combine to make this a truly special place to be in.
And it's not just Santa Cruz itself that's hogging all the glory - scattered across the area are some exceptional small communities...
Not sure where to start? Well here is a list of some of the best towns around Santa Cruz to live in or visit.
Less than 20 minutes east of Santa Cruz, the beach town of Aptos overlooks a long stretch of beach around Soquel Cove.
The charming central village of Aptos hosts many one-of-a-kind stores, as well as some entertaining events throughout the year.
The area boasts a wide variety of properties, from beachside…