Today we’d like to take a brief look into the Santa Cruz. Of course if you have limited time to explore Monterey County we would definitely recommend dedicating a good portion of your time to exploring city of Monterey. A little known town on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, a former capital of Alta California from June 3rd, 1770 (when it was founded) until July of 1846 when Mexico has lost the lands to the American Union. The city was a port with a customs house taxing the goods exchange.
This began a period of American occupation that lasted until 1848 when the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed making all of Alta California part of the United States.
With Monterrey in proximity we haven’t had much interest to explore Santa Cruz. Furthermore, there is a massive, I reiterate a MASSIVE problem with homeless population in the city. Once we stopped for a quick bite downtown SC, and were unpleasantly surprised by the site.
Generally I like to focus on positive aspects of the location however this time it’s important just to throw it out there: the area is nice, the weather is great all year around, but it is simply filthy. There’s trash just laying around everywhere and bodies thrown around on the ground of their little downtown area.
A good idea might be visiting the Beach Boardwalk, known for the wooden rollercoaster, the pier and the hiking path along the Pacific.
Check out The Mystery spot nearby.
While you’re in the area check out Henry Cowell State Park
Sea Lions at the Santa Cruz Pier
Instead of photographing the homeless, here are some pics of sea lions .