Visit & Play in Santa Cruz

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The Santa Cruz area is a great place for a relaxing getaway, a fun-filled family vacation, an elegant conference, or a beautiful seaside wedding. Great year-round attractions, all kinds of hotels and inns, restaurants to fit everyone's tastes, and a full calendar of events and year-round activities make Santa Cruz perfect for a visit any time of year. Use the links on this page to help you plan your vacation in Santa Cruz County. Once you experience everything that Santa Cruz has to offer, you might decide to stay permanently!

Santa Cruz Lodging

Santa Cruz County has been a tourist destination for more than 100 years. The Santa Cruz area has a full range of Lodging options throughout the county for families, couples, singles, and business travelers. There's a Santa Cruz hotel, motel, resort, lodge, inn, campsite, or vacation home perfect for your visit, never more than ten miles from the coast, the redwoods, and the beautiful mountains.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

In addition to a full calendar of Annual Events, and active Arts, Music, and Theater scene, beautiful Beaches and Parks, and a never-ending list of Year-Round Outdoor Activities, Santa Cruz County features local businesses that have can make your visit to Santa Cruz even more fun. For more than a century, families, couples, singles, and business travelers have come to Santa Cruz to enjoy Santa Cruz's Attractions, including wine tasting, sailing trips, music, adventure outings, biking, rollercoasters, and more. For a look at what's happening this month, check out the Santa Cruz Chamber and Santa Cruz Community Events calendar .

Santa Cruz Restaurants

Santa Cruz has Restaurants to please everyone's palate. Santa Cruz County restaurants are known for seafood, sustainably caught fresh in the Monterey Bay, fresh fruits and vegetables from our local fields, and a mix of cuisines from around the world. And, don't forget to sample the top-notch wines from Santa Cruz County wineries. 

Santa Cruz Shopping

Santa Cruz County has a full range of Shops, Stores, and Boutiques selling everything from surf wear to high-end gifts.

Sports and Fitness

Santa Cruz's great climate makes it easy to enjoy keeping active year round. The county has miles of biking trales, regular and disc golf courses, skate parks, tennis courts, and, of course, beautiful Monterey Bay, Elkhorn Slough, and Santa Cruz harbor to enjoy all kinds of watersports. Santa Cruz is also home to the NBA D-League Santa Cruz Warriors and the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, and a year full of outdoor sporting events, races, and contests.

Weddings, Meetings, and Conferences in Santa Cruz

Let local Santa Cruzans help you plan your Wedding, Meeting, or Business Event in our beautiful seaside resort. Whether you have always dreamed of your wedding or reception along the shore, in a forest of majestic redwoods, at a mountain winery, or in an elegant ballroom or charming inn, you’ll find the perfect place in Santa Cruz County. And, with its beautiful natural setting, proximity to several major airports, and extensive conference facilities, Santa Cruz is a great place for corporate conferences, business meetings, or group gatherings of any size.

When to Visit

There's no "best" time to visit Santa Cruz. With a calendar bursting with fun annual events and festivals, plus a climate that's great for enjoying the outdoors all year, no matter when you decide to visit, you'll have a great vacation in Santa Cruz.

Look for the Chamber decal

For more than 120 years, Santa Cruz Chamber members have been committed to improving our community for everyone who visits, works, or lives in Santa Cruz County. For a great visit in Santa Cruz, let a Chamber member help you with Accommodations, Attractions, Dining, Shopping, or your Wedding or Event.