Santa Cruz was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1769 when he came upon the flowing river, he named it San Borengo in honor of Saint Lawrence. He named the hill above the river. Santa Cruz which means Holly Cross thus Santa Cruz was discovered.
Things to do
- Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk: This amusement park offers a variety of games and rides along a mile stretch of Sandy Beach.
- New Brighten State Beach: This is a 95 acre beach park in Monterey bay in Santa Cruz consisting of beaches and camp grounds.
- Neary Lagoon: This is a wild life sanitary in Santa Cruz
- Empire Cave.
- Moore Creek Preserver: This is a 246 acre which offers hiking trails through grassy plain with view of the Monterey Bay.
- Abbott Square: Community gathering spot with multiple dinning and driving outlets plus outdoor seating and events.
- Frederick Street Park & Dog Park: Neighborhood park with a play ground for children plus picnic tables over looking the harbor.
- Santa Cruz Harbor: It is situated on the site of the farmer wood lagoon.
- Monterey Bay: The bay is on the South of San Jose and San Francisco and is boarded by a long stretch of a body of water and Santa Cruz is located North end of the Bay.
- Depot Park: This is a local green space offering children play ground and an athletic field made of synthetic turf.