Why is Santa Cruz Popular for Retirement?

Why is Santa Cruz Popular for Retirement?Santa Cruz is located on the central California coast in the Bay Area on the shores of Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz has long been one of the most popular places to visit and live in coastal California. It is especially popular among people looking to retire to a dream destination. If you are in your golden years or approaching them you may be considering a relocation to Santa Cruz and wondering if it is the right choice. Here is why so many people choose to retire in the Santa Cruz area.

Outdoor spaces

The outdoor beauty of Santa Cruz is what draws most people here. This coastal California town is not tiny but not large and overwhelming making it a great mix of both modern amenities and relaxed charm. Enjoying the outdoors has many benefits from staying active and fit to improving mental health and quality of life as well as its low cost to enjoy outdoor spaces. When it comes to getting outside there are three popular activities in Santa Cruz hanging out at the beach, exploring the majestic redwood forests, and enjoying the large collection of great golf courses.

Here is a TripAdvisor review about Cowell's Beach:

"The beach is close to everything: the wharf, the boardwalk, hotels, restaurants, shops. There are public restrooms and fresh water showers. Plenty of places close by to rent boogie boards, umbrellas, beach chairs, surf boards and wetsuits. Nice little beach, great for beginner surfers. I watched a lot of people exiting the water with huge smiles on their faces after surfing. Lots of tourists from foreign lands, families with kids, couples, people going for a walk or jog. Good place to spend the day!"

Check out this review of the forest

"Well preserved, easily accessible Redwood grove. With large and tall trees and nice short walks, a signature of the past, well located between the bay area and Santa Cruz"

Here is a review of the famous Pasatiempo golf course from Google:

"Unbelievable afternoon at Pasa. Was fortunate to play Pebble a couple weeks ago and thought it’d never be topped, but then I played here. Great test and my first Mackenzie. Best course I’ve played so far - can’t wait to go back."

Healthcare services

In your retirement years making sure access to healthcare is top quality and close by is important. Santa Cruz is a destination that offers many layers of health and wellness focus. From getting outdoors and enjoying staying active to the air quality healthcare institutions all through Santa Cruz County including institutions like Watsonville Community Hospital with a focus on geriatric care to amazing places with readily accessible healthy fresh foods like the farmer's markets.

A community rich in culture

Santa Cruz is more than just the sum of its great outdoor spaces and its beautiful location on the shore. It is also a place that is vibrant with cultural diversity and quirkiness as well as cultural enrichment through arts. There are plenty of places to enjoy education and arts and music to continue keeping not just your body active but also your mind in Riched. UC Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College offer classes in workshops for people in their golden years enjoying continuing their learning.

Housing options

 Whether you are looking to relocate to a community focused on residents in retirement or we're just like a small beachside bungalow with plenty of quiet privacy Santa Cruz offers it all. There are several great 55+ communities in the area, assisted living facilities, and amazing picturesque neighborhoods. Working with a retirement real estate specialist can help you find an amazing Santa Cruz home for your retirement.

If you are considering Santa Cruz for your retirement I am here to help. I specialize in assisting clients in retirement in their real estate needs. I have a specialized retirement certification in real estate.  Contact me anytime to get started on your Santa Cruz retirement plans. I am here for all of your Santa Cruz real estate needs both buying and selling homes.

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