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Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves. Some of the natural, undeveloped beaches feature calm water for swimming, and the boardwalk serves as a colorful area full of amusement games. The university brings students for much of the year, many of whom choose the school for its strong liberal arts programs and scenic environs. A healthy cafe culture exists here, and the local dining scene includes both restaurants covering a broad swath of global cuisines and establishments that maintain their focus on local ingredients. State parks surround Santa Cruz, making it an ideal base for trips into nature. Santa Cruz is in California (CA). Add Santa Cruz and other destinations in United States to your travel itinerary using our United States travel planner.
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