Year-Round Outdoor Activities in Santa Cruz County
The mild climate and natural beauty of Santa Cruz mean that outdoor enthusiasts can participate in outdoor activites and sports throughout the year. In addition to the numerous Attractions and Annual Events in Santa Cruz, you can enjoy activities from surfing to birding to competitive sports. Miles of sandy beaches and the towering redwood forests create unlimited opportunities for biking and hiking. The north county's Wilder Ranch State Park includes gentle hills with ocean breeze and the south county's Forest of Nisene Marks is terrific for off-road biking and hiking surrounded by the soaring redwoods.
The Santa Cruz area offers wonderful fishing opportunities, including fishing in the surf, from a wharf, and in lakes and streams. Popular fishing locations in the Santa Cruz area include:
The Santa Cruz County is home to beautiful golf courses in some of the most spectacular natural settings. Golf courses in the Santa Cruz area include:
Santa Cruz is known as one of the best surfing spots in the world. From gentle waves that welcome new surfers at Cowell's and Capitola Beach to monstrous big waves at Maverick's that attract the best surfers from around the world, Santa Cruz has a wave for every surfer. Be sure to take a lesson on technique and etiquette before you jump in, or just enjoy watching the surfers from the safety of the beach or cliffs. Popular surfing spots in Santa Cruz include:
- Capitola Beach
- The Hook
- Manresa State Beach
- Steamer Lane
- 36th and East Cliff
- 30th and East Cliff
- Natural Bridges
- Highway 1 between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay
- Moss Landing
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Events this Week and Beyond
For more ideas on what to do while you're in Santa Cruz, view the complete Calendar of Annual Events.
Looking for something to do this month? Check out the Santa Cruz monthly calendar of events»