3 days in Santa Cruz Itinerary

3 days in Santa Cruz Itinerary

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Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Kids will enjoy Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Point Lobos (in Carmel) and 17-Mile Drive (in Monterey). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pleasure Point Beach, explore and take pictures at Shark Fin Cove, get curious at Seymour Marine Discovery Center, and enjoy the sand and surf at Twin Lakes State Beach.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Santa Cruz route planner.

In August, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Monterey, Shark Fin Cove, Point Lobos
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Monterey Bay Aquarium ©
Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Point Lobos
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk ©
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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