USA - California - Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is the largest city of Santa Cruz County, California. It is located on the northern edge of the Monterey Bay, about 72 mi south of San Francisco. The present-day site of Santa Cruz was the location of Spanish settlement in 1791. Late in the 19th century, Santa Cruz established itself as a beach resort community, and Santa Cruz is now known for its moderate climate, a thriving surf community, the natural beauty of its coastline and redwood forests, alternative lifestyles and socially liberal leanings. Pix from Santa Cruz and Capitola - September/October 2012.