Santa Cruz, California, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Santa Cruz, California, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Santa Cruz, this is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in Santa Cruz, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

Important essentials for Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Santa Cruz, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance

    If you or a companion get COVID-19, your amazing trip can be ruined. Good travel insurance can help. See plans


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards can become worn. An unreadable vaccination card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks don't exist for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection possible.


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is an easy-to-carry plane-friendly choice.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Santa Cruz, California, United States of America by month

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January

If you go to Santa Cruz in January, you will notice that it is crisp. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

February

February in Santa Cruz is cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

March

If you visit Santa Cruz during March, you will probably notice that it is relatively cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

April

April in Santa Cruz is balmy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

May

If you go to Santa Cruz in May, you will notice that it is balmy and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

June

If you vacation in Santa Cruz during June, you are likely to see that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

July

If you go to Santa Cruz in July, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

August

If you visit Santa Cruz during August, you will probably notice that it is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

September

If you vacation in Santa Cruz during September, you will probably see that it is warm and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

October

If you visit Santa Cruz during October, you might notice that it is balmy and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

November

November in Santa Cruz is mild. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (high 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

December

December in Santa Cruz is crisp. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (mid 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

If you see the Surfing Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Santa Cruz has nice beaches. If you plan go to the beach, take:

Activities for Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Santa Cruz.

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