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 condos, to sprawling estates nestled in the nearby hills. Residents here enjoy quick access to Santa Cruz, as well as the Nisen Marks State Park.
At the gateway to the San Lorenzo Valley, just 15 minutes north of central Santa Cruz, the community of Felton has a quaint downtown strip with some top-notch eateries and cafes.
The hills around Felton crowd in close, providing natural getaways only a short distance from the town center. This mix of forested hills near Felton means that the real estate market sports a good mix of hidden cabins, and large suburban homes.
Felton is also an excellent location for convenient amenities, including great schools, banks, grocery stores, and city services. If you get to visit, make sure to take in the historic covered bridge built in the 1890’s.
Corralitos is a small inland community north of Watsonville, and east of both Santa Cruz and Aptos.
Residents here appreciate the extra space provided by the larger lot sizes and lower overall density.
This is an excellent area to start a hobby farm, or even purchase a working one. Nestled beneath the hills are vineyards, fields, and greenhouses, all mixed together with loosely congregated homes in a more suburban style.
If you're looking for some peace and quiet in a beautiful location, along with prices lower than many coastal properties, look no further than Corralitos.