central coast
Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is a classic California beach town, with sand beaches, perfect for playing in the sand, boogie boarding and surfing. It's a great place to grab the kids and go for the weekend, or you can easily spend a long vacation in summer.


Central Santa Cruz
Redwoods
Santa Cruz - North
Santa Cruz - South
Ride bikes - Santa Cruz is a fun place to bike around, there are plenty of wide bike lanes running through the central Santa Cruz area and along the beach. Click here for the bike trail map.
Bicycle trip on Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz has bike rentals, including kids' bikes, helmets, bike lock.
Fun food
Farmers Markets - There are two farmers markets, right in Santa Cruz. The markets have fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, pastries, crepes, cheese, locally made chocolates, everything you need for a picnic.
Downtown Market, at the corner of Lincoln and Cedar St., is every Wednesday afternoon starting at 1:30pm, year round.
Also visit the Live Oak Market, corner of 15th Ave. and Eastcliff Dr, May to October, on Sunday 9am - 1pm.
Family Hotels

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels, all styles and price ranges, convenient to fun things to do with kids in Santa Cruz:


Santa Cruz family hotels

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