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

This article contains affiliate links to Amazon and other vendors. We may earn commission from purchases made through these links.

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

Contents

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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good value.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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

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

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

We also recommend these top tours in and around Santa Cruz.

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

Already know when you're traveling?

January

If you go to Santa Cruz in January, you will notice that it can be chilly. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

February

February in Santa Cruz is relatively cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

March

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

What to wear/what to pack:

April

If you visit Santa Cruz during April, you may notice that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 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 once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

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:

June

June in Santa Cruz is warm and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

July

July in Santa Cruz is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

August

If you visit Santa Cruz during August, 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 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

September

September for Santa Cruz is a perfect temperature and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

October

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

What to wear/what to pack:

November

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

What to wear/what to pack:

December

If you vacation in Santa Cruz during December, you will probably see that it is relatively cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

Check out our guides for these other locations: Huanglongsi National Park, China, Federal Way, Washington, United States of America, Chebeague Island, Maine, United States of America, Los Angeles, California, United States of America, Amphawa, Thailand, Malealea, Lesotho, Traun, Austria, Carbondale, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Big Bear Lake, California, United States of America, Central Armenia, Armenia, and Osijek, Croatia.