Santa Cruz, CA
Sun-soaked beaches, thick redwood forests and lakes create an resort-like feel in Santa Cruz, one of the surfing capitals of the world. While surfing, sailing, paddle boarding and whale watching are among the favorite things to do in Santa Cruz, the city offers residents many more entertainment options. Performance venues and restaurants fill up quickly on weekends. The city’s colorful architecture blends nicely with parks and walking trails.
Santa Cruz Rankings
- Our 5th annual ranking of the best places to live in America includes familiar names and deserving newcomers.
- Our fourth annual ranking of the best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.
- Our third annual ranking of the best small to mid-sized cities in the U.S.