What do you love to do? Surf? Lounge on the beach with a good book? Play beach volleyball? Go mountain biking? Taste some delicious Santa Cruz Mountain wines? Play games at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk? See a wonderful theater performance at Shakespeare Santa Cruz or a musical performance at Cabrillo Music Festival? You can do all that and more in Santa Cruz, California—one of the best places to live!
Capitola was voted one of the Best Beach Locations on the California Coast by Sunset magazine and you can certainly see why—with beachside dining, the Begonia Festival, Wharf to Wharf race, Summer Concerts, Classic Car Shows, Art and Wine Festival and great beach living. Capitola is a very desirable area in Santa Cruz County—close to the beach with a wonderful community feeling. Capitola is also home to some great shopping, musical events at Cabrillo and especially, Gayle's.
Aptos is just south on Highway 1 from Santa Cruz and goes from the beach area of Rio Del Mar back into the Aptos Hills. Aptos Village is an historic village—the Bayview Hotel was built in the late 1800's—and is the gateway to the Forest of Nisene Marks—for hiking or mountain biking. Aptos also hosts the not-to-be-missed Blues Festival over Memorial Day weekend.
Seacliff State Beach is popular for surfing, swimming, camping and fishing, and is easily recognized by the sunken cement freighter, the SS Palo Alto, at the end of the pier. The cement ship, which has seen better days, was once a popular amusement and dance spot. Seacliff and Rio Del Mar beaches provide you with miles of walking on the beach—collecting shells and sea glass. You can walk from Seacliff to Pajaro Dunes and beyond.
In the western hills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, north of Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley is surrounded by the forests of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and Roaring Camp Railroads. Scotts Valley is a family town—good schools and sports programs. Its location makes it a great commute location for those who work "over the hill" but want to live close to the beach.
An historic small village known for its Santa Cruz Mountain artisanal wineries, antique shops and dining, Soquel is north of Highway 1 and Capitola, south of Santa Cruz.
South of the city of Santa Cruz, the area is named for Seacliff State Beach, popular for its surfing, swimming, camping and fishing off its long pier. Known for the sunken cement freightor, the SS Palo Alto at the end of the pier, once a popular amusement and dance spot. Close to Aptos and Rio Del Mar.
Named after Seabright Beach, homes in Seabright are a short distance from the famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk, great for sunsets, walks on the beach, bonfires at night, and family fun.
Rio Del Mar
Bordered by Aptos and La Selva Beach, the town of Rio del Mar encompasses about three miles from Highway 1 to the coast. Rio Del Mar State Beach is a wide, dog-friendly stretch of clean white sand.
An historical town in the redwood foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, part of the 1800s Rancho del Los Corralitos. Foodies give rave reviews to the Corralitos Market and Sausage Company.
These are just some of the highlights of the different areas in Santa Cruz County. Contact me for even more information about this wonderful place to live.