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#19. Santa Cruz, CA

Known as a surfing hotspot, Santa Cruz offers a laid-back lifestyle with access to redwood forests, lakes and, of course, beaches. Even those who don’t partake in the city’s most popular activities – surfing, sailing, diving and paddleboarding – find plenty of ways to stay entertained. Santa Cruz features several performance venues and a bevy of restaurants. See where Santa Cruz ranked as a Best Place to Live in 2015 and where it landed on our list of the Best Spring Break Cities.

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