This sleepy beach town is within a one-hour driving distance from San Francisco or San Jose.
You can certainly make Santa Cruz a stop on your Bay area itinerary, but I think it deserves to be its own destination. There is so much to do and see – you can easily spend a week without getting bored.
Every year the Whales make their journey between Alaska and Baja California. Along their migration route they pass by Southern California and thrill onlookers with their magnificent breaches and water spouts.
Several species of Whales pass by our shores but the two most common are the Giant Blue Whales and their relatives the Gray Whales.
The best way to admire those whales and their cousins the Dolphins is to take a boat cruise from one of the port towns along the coast.