Friday, June 22, 2012

Santa Cruz, California, USA

The Santa Cruz coastline is an excellent holiday destination for young and old. It has both natural and built attractions that are very accessible. There is an extensive range of rides at the fun park on the Boardwalk, from gentle carousels to wild roller-coasters and everything in between. If you want to get hot enough to brave the chilly ocean you can play a game of beach vollyball with friends or strangers. 

Walking north from the Pier you will encounter the endearing Sea Lions that laze on large rocks grooming themselves and each other. They happily coexist with the surfers that frequent the rocky coves.

Anyone interested in sea creatures has to see the huge whale skeletons that have been preserved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) center. The Blue Whale is the largest known animal on earth.

Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Pier

Beach Volly Ball Courts

Beach volly ball for everyone

Santa Cruz Boardwalk cable chairs

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Carousel
Santa Cruz Sea Lions snoozing on their favorite island rock

Santa Cruz natural coastline
Gray Whale skeleton - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Blue Whale skeleton (NOAA)

Brown Pelicans in flight over the ocean

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