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Santa Cruz, CA

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Santa Cruz is a relaxed college town, where a great deal of the counterculture that used to flourish in Berkeley has moved. It is also a beach resort town, and claims some of the best surf in California. It was there that the neoprene wetsuit was invented. On week-ends, it sometimes looks like the entire town is in the water. The rest can be seen strolling the oldest amusement park in the West, complete with a 1924 wooden rollercoaster, or enjoying the beaches. Natural Bridges State Beach is a prime resting spot for monarch butterflies migrating to Mexico. They are best seen in the morning, densely cluttered in Eucalyptus groves, before they takeoff for the day.

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Aerial view of Santa Cruz with fog-covered ocean. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Wave and seastack morning. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Cluster of Monarch butterflies, Natural Bridges State Park. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Photographer on cliffs at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Sea arch and reflection, Natural Bridges State Park, dusk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Surfer, morning. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Statue of a surfer. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Seagull landing, Wharf. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Restaurant on the Pier. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach and boardwalk in summer, afternoon. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach scene in summer. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Riding the beach boardwalk aerial gondola. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Sky glider Riders enjoy the last sunrays of the day. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Boardwalk amusement park, morning. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Spring on Pacific Avenue. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Memorial to earthquake victims. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Redwood trees and modern building, UCSC. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Harbor,  late afternoon. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Twin Lakes State Beach, sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Lighthouse and Surfers in the water at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach campfire at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) University of California at Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Redwood trees and campus buidling, University of California. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Pacific Avenue. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Outdoor tables and theater on Pacific Avenue. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Monarch butterflies, Natural Bridges State Park. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Monarch butterfly in Eucalyptus tree, Natural Bridges State Park. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Photographer and large format camera on tripod at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Iceplant and seastack, Natural Bridges State Park, sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Surfers and rock at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Reflection on wet sand through rock opening, Natural Bridges State Park, dusk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Surfers and municipal wharf. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Santa Cruz Wharf. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) On the pier. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Tourists looking at a seagull on the wharf. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Woman eating clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Woman eating a bown of clam chowder on the pier. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) California sea lions rest under the pier. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Thunderbird classic cars. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beautifully painted thunderbird cars. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beachgoers, and Santa Cruz boardwalk roller-coaster. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Sea kayakers. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Crowded beach scene. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach on summer day. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Popular beach in summer. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Children, beach, and boardwalk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Pelicans, beach, and amusement park. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach and seaside amusement park on a summer afternoon. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Children playing on the beach. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach with couple standing in water. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Boardwalk amusement park, morning. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Boarwalk and aerial gondola. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Crowd on the beach boardwalk on a summer afternoon. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Wheel ride, Beach Boardwalk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Roller coaster car, Beach Boardwalk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach Boardwalk and gondola at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Spinning wheel ride, Beach Boardwalk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Sky glider chairs, Beach Boardwalk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Sailboats and glimmer. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach and lighthouse, afternoon. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Surfers holding boards, open ocean, and birds. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Harbor,  late afternoon. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Beach cabin and lighthouse, Twin Lakes State Beach, sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Lighthouse at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Camp Fire on the beach at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Twin Lakes State Beach, dusk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Bonfire on the beach at sunset. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color) Twin Lakes State Beach, dusk. Santa Cruz, California, USA ( color)

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