- Santa Cruz is known as "Surf City" and is the county seat of Santa Cruz County, California, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 54,593. It is located on the northern edge of the Monterey Bay, about 60 mi (100 km) (a 72 mile drive) south of San Francisco. Santa Cruz is also well-known for surfing, and is the home of O'Neill Wetsuits and Santa Cruz Surfboards (as well as Santa Cruz Skateboards and Santa Cruz Bicycles). The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is California's oldest amusement park and a designated State Historic Landmark. Santa Cruz is also home to KSCO 1080 AM, one of the last independent commercial radio stations in the country. In addition to its reputation in surfing and skateboarding, Santa Cruz is known for other alternative sports such as disc golf. Santa Cruz provides many great opportunities for birding (see bird list) and butterfly watching. Shakespeare Santa Cruz annually has a summer festival at UC Santa Cruz. The festival typically does two Shakespeare plays and one other play every summer, many of which are performed in a unique outdoor space among the redwoods.
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