Santa Cruz County offers an enchanting blend of nostalgia, natural beauty and invigorating activities. The quintessential California vacation can be found here, featuring warm beaches, coastal redwood forests, spectacular wildlife viewing, rich history and acclaimed arts, world-class wines and stunning attractions. Santa Cruz County serves as the gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and is home to 14 state parks, including California’s oldest, Big Basin Redwoods State Park.