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Santa Cruz— 3 nights
Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Cruz: Carmel (Carmel City Beach/Carmel River Beach & Point Lobos State Reserve) and Monterey (Monterey Bay Aquarium & Monterey Bay). There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and go for a walk through West Cliff Drive.
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If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are San Francisco International Airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. August in Santa Cruz sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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