Well known for its lavender farms and wineries, Bonny Doon is located approximately 10 miles north of Santa Cruz. This charming area offers a small-town vibe and an artistic, eclectic flair.
Founded in the 1850s as a logging camp and considered part of the southern San Francisco Bay Area, the population here is small. There are less than 4,000 permanent residents of Bonny Doon, and there is no city center or commercial shops. The town contains several wineries, including Bonny Doon Vineyard, plus a church, two fire stations, an ecological reserve, an elementary school, and a private-use airport.
The state beach is dotted with coastal redwoods and is a frequent stop for visitors traveling scenic Highway 1, and the area is attractive to hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ocean views encapsulate Bonny Doon on days when fog is not present, and The University of California, Santa Cruz is located nearby, attracting a number of students and faculty residents alike.