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Santa Cruz County is on the Pacific coast of California, just south of the San Francisco Bay Area. The county forms the northern coast of the Monterey Bay. (Monterey County forms the southern coast). The county seat is Santa Cruz.
Situated on the northern side of Monterey Bay and hugged by redwood forested mountains, Santa Cruz County has 29 miles of beaches and an extraordinary number of state parks and beaches - 14 in all - and each offers a unique experience for visitors. An easy drive south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz County's small-town charm and idyllic beach communities offer the quintessential California vacation. Santa Cruz County is easily accessible by car via Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz Mountains, or California's scenic Highway 1.
With its family-friendly beaches and attractions, miles of open space and fun events for kids, Santa Cruz County is a kid friendly destination. Kids can visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Roaring Camp Railroads, a skate park, a museum, take surfing lessons, go bowling, learn about the ocean at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and much more.