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Hotels in Santa Cruz, CA
Situated on the northern shore of Monterey Bay on the central California coast, Santa Cruz is located just 40 minutes south of San Jose, and less than an hour drive to Monterey. Many people enjoy surfing at Cowell Beach, and one of the main attractions is the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, which is called the "World's Best Seaside Amusement park." It features free admission, and the Giant Dipper roller coaster.
Visitors also enjoy the Roaring Camp Railroads, a scenic train ride that takes riders through Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Many families enjoy a day on the water, with the Stagnaros Fishing, Charters and Wale Watching Cruises. Visitors also enjoy the Santa Cruz Food Tour, a guided tour of historic downtown Santa Cruz with five different tasting locations.
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