North of Santa Cruz, a wind-and-wave paradise for kiters and surfers looking to escape town crowds. How people can drive by this place without stopping I will never understand. Waddell Beach is easily one of the most beautiful in California. It’s a stretch of rugged coastline just south of Año Nuevo State Park and about 17 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway One. There’s plenty of parking both along the highway and in a dirt lot facing the beach.
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The Bay Area is renowned for its natural beauty, affluence, diversity, and progressive thinking new age reputation. Lots of ammenities, tours and hotels can be found all around the area.San Francisco is the cultural and financial center of the Bay Area, and has the second highest population density of any major city in North America after New York City. It is also a major tourist destination, and transport and accommodation is plentiful, ranging from luxury hotels to cheap accommodation. San Jose is the largest city in terms of population, land area, and industrial development, and is the center of Silicon Valley, a well-known high technology region. Oakland is a major manufacturing and distribution center, rail terminus/hub, and has the fourth largest container shipping port in the United States.Largely because of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the Bay Area presently ranks second only to the much larger New York City region in number of Fortune 500 company headquarters (April 2010 Fortune Magazine). source: wikipedia