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Santa Cruz is on the coast of Monterey Bay, south of San Jose. Homes for rent in this city are perfect for families who want to feel like they're always on vacation, since the city has a very laid-back atmosphere and is filled with beachside attractions. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has free concerts and movies on the beach, as well as roller coasters, a midway, an arcade and laser tag that will keep the whole family entertained.

Facts for Renters

  • The name Santa Cruz means "holy cross" in Spanish. Don Gaspar de Portola named the area when he discovered it in 1769. In 1791 the mission was founded. The city was incorporated in 1866. Because of the beautiful landscapes and good weather it has had a reputation as been a resort community since the 1800s.
  • The city has a range of local shops that residents can explore. At Annieglass, there are handmade glass gifts and wine tastings. In the downtown area there are several antique shops, including Judi Wyant Antiques and Miss Jessie May's Collectibles. Kids will love stores like Marini's Candies and Atlantis Fantasyworld.
  • Santa Cruz offers many opportunities for recreation. There are 29 miles of beaches for surfing, swimming and relaxing. In addition, there are dozens of park in the county for hiking, biking and horseback riding. It also has 11 state parks, including some that are home to the oldest and biggest redwood trees in California.

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