This may be a bit of an understatement: Santa Cruz is known as a beach town.
Although, maybe Santa Cruz should be known as a "beaches" town, given that there are so many to choose from.
Busy town beaches, long quiet stretches of sand, small secret coves - the Santa Cruz area has it all.
Not sure where to start? Well keep reading...
Here's a list of the best beaches around Santa Cruz, for whatever you need!
Natural Bridges - Natural Beauty
If you're looking to appreciate some of the natural beauty and wildlife of the California coast, then Natural Bridges State Beach is a great option.
Not only are there scenic rock formations (as the name suggests), but the adjoining park hosts migrating monarch butterflies every year in the fall…