Santa Cruz is a mid-sized town located at the north end of the Monterey Bay, on the Central Coast of California. The Santa Cruz area is notable for its natural beauty, particularly the numerous beaches and redwood forests found throughout our county. Santa Cruz is a destination for many kinds of cultural events in the Central Coast region, including music, art, and theater.
You may have heard that Santa Cruz County recently experienced a cluster of major wildfires. These fires destroyed a large number of homes and buildings, as well as many acres of forest. Both the city of Santa Cruz and the UCSC campus are currently still recovering from these events.
If you'd like to donate to support wildfire recovery in the Santa Cruz area, please visit the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.
Below is a collection of links and materials intended to give you a sense of Santa Cruz and its surroundings.