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|