Great food and fine wine are not all you will get close to your vacation rental in Santa Cruz. There are also miles of unspoiled beaches and well-maintained parks here, making your holiday a memorable and relaxed one.
Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock Park is located in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains, making it rich and diverse in its wilderness and ecology. The park has over 32 miles of horseback riding and hiking trails to take you along the breadth and length to showcase the exotic plant life, steep canyons and unusual rock formations. Camping can be used only by backpackers.
Lighthouse Field State Beach
The Lighthouse Field beach is on the West Cliff Drive in downtown Santa Cruz. The beach is clean, and the water has made it a surfer's haven. You can also visit the nearby Santa Cruz Surfing Museum to trace the surfing history in Santa Cruz through exhibits such as photographs and surfboards. Amenities such as restrooms and picnic tables are also available.
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park preserves the true nature of California's 12th Spanish mission. Here you can experience the lives of Native Americans, the main residents showcased through the single-story building. The park also houses Santa Cruz County's oldest building and other structures.
Natural Bridges State Beach
The beach is named for the natural rock, bridge-like formation from where you have an uninterrupted view out to the expansive ocean. As the water is crystal clear, during a low tide, you will get a clear view of the crabs, sea stars and other marine life. Enjoy the sight of migrating whales swimming here.
There are many more parks and beaches awaiting your exploration close to your Santa Cruz vacation home. Find a wide range of rentals listed at Vacationhomes.com, which you can filter by price, location and amenities.