One of the world’s premier surfing locations, Santa Cruz in California has much to appeal to all ages. The city is a true paradise for sports fans, and lies just south of San Jose. It is easy to reach from all over the US and other areas of the world.
An area of intense natural beauty, the coastline near Santa Cruz is in the heart of California’s redwood country, and Natural Bridges State Beach is an excellent vantage point for whale spotting, bird watching or otter watching.
Santa Cruz current water temperature is: 57°FThis water temperature is too cold for water sports. Please wear a wetsuit if you like to go into the water
Water temperatures at Santa Cruz range from approximately 52F or 11 C in January, rising slowly through 54F or 12.2C in March and April to 56F or 13.3C in June and highs of 58F or 14.4C in July and August. The water is always cool, and although it is fine for swimming closer to the shore on warm, summer days, surfers who find a surf vest and board shorts adequate in July, might require a lightweight wetsuit in October and a heavier wetsuit and booties later in the year or on chillier spring days.
14 days Weather Forecast for Santa Cruz
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Best time to visit Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz has a mild, Mediterranean type climate that is characterised by warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. The resorts proximity to Monterey Bay makes overcast and fog possible in late evening and early morning during the summer months. Temperatures tend to range from 40.8F or 4.9C to 60.6F or 15.9C in January, and 53.9F or 12.2C to 74.3F or 23.5C in August.
Rainfall is on average about 6 inches per day in January and February, dropping to 2 inches in April and 0.4 inches in August. The dry summer gives way to wetter autumn days with approximately 1.5 inches in October and 3.5 of rain in November. Take light, cotton clothing and sunscreen for summer breaks, when surfing and water sports are the most popular pastimes and warmer, waterproof clothing for winter trips.
Climate for Santa Cruz
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You should see this when you visiting Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is known to surfers all over the world for its incredible surf points and long tradition of surfing. The town is home to O’Neill Wetsuits and Santa Cruz Surfboards, and a friendly surfing crowd visit right through the year. Beginner’s will find Cowell’s and Capitola Beach excellent for getting started, while only professionals and experts should attempt Steamer Lane, the most famous and most difficult surf spot in Santa Cruz.
Fans of the famous film ‘The Lost Boys’ will recognise several locations, including the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf. The Boardwalk is the oldest amusement park in California, and boasts an authentic Looff carousel from 1911, while its iconic Giant Dipper roller coaster dates from 1924.
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