The collection of coastal towns, mountain communities, farms, and wide-open spaces that make up Santa Cruz area offer an expansive range of recreational, occupational, educational, and residential options – in other words, there’s something for everyone!
Whether you’re planning a visit or relocation to the Santa Cruz area, these Neighborhood and Community Reviews will give you a little taste of the unique qualities and attractions of the many distinct micro-communities that make Santa Cruz a great place to live, work, and play!
The Santa Cruz Area is geographically divided into several distinct communities, each with its own unique style and appeal. With so many places to see and so much to do, it’s no wonder that so many visitors and students end up moving to this area. Visitor Attractions and Amenities Hotels, … [Read More]
About Bonny Doon Many folks of Scottish descent came to the Santa Cruz County and so it is fitting that as settlers they would name many of the locations. One such place is Bonny Doon. The name stems from a Scottish song, written by Robert Burns, called The Banks O’ Doon. Burns also named Ben … [Read More]
While Los Gatos is technically "over the hill" it does share many ties to the Santa Cruz Area. At one time the railroad went over what is now Highway 17 to Santa Cruz. And still today Highway 17 from Los Gatos is the main transportation corridor to get to Santa Cruz. Los Gatos Los Gatos has a … [Read More]
Aptos is host to a variety of handsome residential communities, state parks, historic landmarks, schools, churches, small businesses, and Cabrillo Community College. It’s also the home of the first manned flight experiments of John Montgomery, which, incidentally, pre-date those of the Wright … [Read More]
The tiny township of Soquel rolls inland from Capitola into the surrounding foothills. Antique shops and small restaurants share the downtown area with a fire station and a white church, while gatherings of older, well-kept homes line the neighborhood streets. Up the hill past the high school is … [Read More]
Capitola-By-The-Sea is the quintessential coastal town, with beautiful beaches, unique shops and restaurants, and lots of little vacation rentals and hotels. Walk along the Esplanade in Capitola Village for great shopping, wine tasting, and fantastic restaurants. A short walk up the hill will take … [Read More]
San Lorenzo Valley Surrounded by the Santa Cruz Mountains, the San Lorenzo Valley’s richly-forested landscape provides a perfect hiding place to some of Santa Cruz County’s most beautiful areas to live – and the largest redwood trees you’ll ever see! Historic little logging towns offer a lovely … [Read More]
Watsonville The center of agricultural prosperity in California, Watsonville is located in the Pajaro River Valley and is home to thousands of individuals and families, schools, churches, and farming communities. Visitors come to explore the local wetlands and parks, stroll through the historic … [Read More]
Rio del Mar, California is located in Santa Cruz. Nearby cities and towns include Aptos, Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley, La Selva Beach, Seacliff and Soquel. Rio del Mar is a suburban community with a population of 9,290. The median household income in Rio del Mar is $97,623. 58% of residents are married … [Read More]
Seacliff is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. Seacliff sits at an elevation of 144 feet (44 m). The 2010 United States census reported Seacliff's population was 3,267. Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP covers an area of … [Read More]
La Selva Beach is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California. La Selva Beach sits at an elevation of 151 feet (46 m). The 2010 United States census reported La Selva Beach's population was 2,843. La Selva Beach is one of the several small communities located in and … [Read More]
Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley is a census-designated place (CDP) in Santa Cruz County, California, United States. The population was 2,381 at the 2010 census. Geography Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley is located at 36°57′39″N 121°49′53″W (36.960860, -121.831386). According to the United States … [Read More]
Lomond Ben Lomond is ideally situated in the heart of the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains between historic Big Basin Redwoods State Park and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park—residents and visitors alike enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in California. When you take off your hiking boots, … [Read More]