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View of cliffs along the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz, California is a coastal city located on the north shore of Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz is a 40-minute drive by rental car southwest of San Jose. Present-day Santa Cruz began as a Spanish settlement in 1791, including a mission called Santa Cruz and a pueblo called Branciforte. Santa Cruz became a beach resort destination for vacationers in the late 1800's. It is the site of Natural Bridges State Beach and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – an amusement park in continuous operation for over 100 years!

Why book a car rental in Santa Cruz?

Here are some of the reasons why most of our customers choose to book their rental cars with us. 

  1. No booking and modification fees. You can also cancel for free as long as you do it 48 hours prior your pickup. 
  2. When you travel to Santa Cruz, you can find a great, hi-quality rental car at the best prices in the area by using our service! f you're looking for a certain type of car (like a cool convertible or an adventurous pickup truck), you can use our site to find the best rentals. And the price that we display is a true total of the rental cost, with all taxes and fees added. 
  3. At VroomVroomVroom, we have partnered with all of the major car rental providers so that you can compare – on this one, single site – the prices for all the available rental cars, trucks and SUVs in Santa Cruz. Rental cars are available at all of these destinations, of course. At San Jose International, for example, you can book a cheap car rental from Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Fox, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty.
  4. Travelers flying to the Santa Cruz airport will often fly into San Jose International Airport, Monterey Regional Airport, San Francisco International Airport, or Oakland International Airport.
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Top Attractions within Santa Cruz

The Santa Cruz Wharf is a wonderful place in Santa Cruz popular and appreciated for its fun and recreational opportunities such as boat tours, swimming, boating and dining. Additionally, tourists can view sea lions, many birds and buy souvenirs from the shops in the area. This beautiful wharf was built in 1914, being operated by the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Office. The landscape is breathtaking and the air is fresh. A few moments spent here are an opportunity to relax, get rid of stress and enjoy tranquillity at the fullest.

The Santa Cruz Surfing Museum was established in 1986 and describes the history of surfing. One of the collections exhibited here date from the beginning of surfing. The museum is located in the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse. It was first opened in 1986 and at that time, was the only museum of this type in the world. Even today, such a museum is very rare, so tourists should not miss this amazing and special attraction. It is very interesting to admire surfboards from several periods of time. The collection begins with hollow paddle boards and continues with modern surfboards made from fiberglass, as well as many other materials. It is fascinating to discover, step by step, surfing culture and admire all those interesting photos showcased here.

Santa Cruz Farmers Market is an outdoor market and all products are organic. One of the most popular and sold products are apples, strawberries, goat cheese, brassica and many other products. All products are fresh, healthy and without additives. It is the ideal place to buy household items, souvenirs, toys, as well as many other objects. Parking areas are available.

Five Things You Must Do in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz is the largest city in the county of Santa Cruz, California of the U.S. It is regarded as the overlapping part of Northern California and Central California. Santa Cruz means “Holy Cross,” and the city was so named by the Spanish Emperor Gaspar de Portola when he visited the place in 1769.

1) Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the oldest amusement park in California and is designated as a state historic landmark. The park also has within its premises two national historic landmarks: Charles I. D. Looff Carousel and a 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster. 

2) Steamer Lane and Pleasure Point are two points breaking over rock bottoms, and they are among eleven world class surf breaks around here that create some of the best surfing waves in the world. This fact also makes Santa Cruz a favored destination for surfing contests, and the place often hosts many such contests that are attended by many international participants.

 3) Santa Cruz Surfing Museum is located at Steamer Lane and is staffed by docents like Harry Mayo, who have surfed the Santa Cruz waves since 1930s. 

4) Shakespeare Santa Cruz arranges an annual summer festival at UC Santa Cruz. The festival includes two Shakespeare plays and one other play. Many of these plays are performed outdoors, typically among the redwood trees. 

5) Pacific Avenue is the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. Visitors can find numerous local shops, and a lot of local cultural aspects can be experienced at this place. 

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Top depots in Santa Cruz
  • Hertz Santa Cruz Downtown Car Rental Hertz Santa Cruz Downtown - 132 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
  • Avis Santa Cruz Car Rental Avis Santa Cruz - 630 Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
  • Enterprise Santa Cruz Car Rental Enterprise Santa Cruz - 919B Ocean St, Santa Cruz, CA. 95060
  • Hertz Santa Cruz/Capitola Car Rental Hertz Santa Cruz/Capitola - 7000 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA. 95062
  • Enterprise Capitola Car Rental Enterprise Capitola - 2724 Soquel Ave Ste A, Santa Cruz, CA. 95062
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