Soft white shores edge the historic community of Beach Hill in the heart of Santa Cruz, California. With the redwood tree-covered Santa Cruz Mountains in the background, residents of Beach Hill overlook the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which protects habitats along the coast.
There are endless options for entertainment, including golf, biking, swimming, surfing, yachting, horseback riding, and fishing. Scenic West Cliff Drive offers panoramic views of the ocean. Both downtown Santa Cruz and the popular Steamers Lane surf spot are just a short drive away.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is within walking distance and features a theme park, casino arcade, miniature golf course, laser tag, bowling alley, rock climbing wall, and more. It is also home to several specialty shops, such as O’Neill Surf Shop. Down the street from the boardwalk, the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf hosts several annual events and festivals. It also offers handmade arts and crafts shops, outdoor fish markets, whale watching tour companies, and fine dining restaurants.
Neary Lagoon Park is a popular place for joggers and nature enthusiasts. Some of the oft-spotted animals include mallard ducks, wood ducks, pied billed grebes, and great blue herons.
For out-of-town guests there are plenty of options, including Ocean Pacific Lodge, Bay Front Inn, Santa Cruz Dream Inn, and Sea and Sand Inn.