Fan Photo of the Week

This week’s Fan Photo is from a talent we love to share, Tim Cattera Photography! Tim posted this stellar sunset shot on his Instagram Page and Facebook Page and we just couldn’t pass up sharing the beauty. We love a good sunset; where’s your favorite spot to see the sun drop down in Santa Cruz County?

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There’s endless beauty to be discovered in Santa Cruz County!  Whether your visiting us internationally, domestically or you’re a local, share your Santa Cruz photos with us by using #SantaCruzNow.  Select photos will be re-posted on our social media channels with photo credit.  Hope to see your photos soon; we love seeing Santa Cruz through your lens!

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Dining with World-Class Views

With miles of Monterey Bay coastline and monumental redwood forests, you’re never far from an inspiring view in Santa Cruz. It’s what allows us to feature such amazing pics in our weekly Fan Photo series! And nothing pairs better with a view than good food and drink. Here are five spots that deliver all three:…

Fan Photo of the Week

Welcome to Winter in Santa Cruz… Winter in Santa Cruz County is full of surprises – like beach days, fantastic tide pooling with King Tides, crisp redwood hikes, and a neverending horizon of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The landscape is already beginning to show signs of spring and the clear days will have you waving…

Rocket’s Guide to Pet-Friendly Santa Cruz

Meet Rocket. Rocket is a fetching Rhodesian Ridgeback and proud Santa Cruz local. You may also recognize him as one of the stars of our 2013 Travelers Guide. Rocket was adopted in 2010 by Lori Siegmund and her spouse Howard Sherer – the publisher of our guide – after being rescued by the county’s animal…

Fan Photo of the Week

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh This week’s Fan Photos come from the talented Instagram Fan, @julieiswonky, who shared some interesting and gorgeous #SantaCruzNow photos…

A Guide to Santa Cruz B&Bs

While hotels are often geared for business and efficiency – like the proverbial Cliff Bars of lodging – Bed & Breakfasts are geared for leisure. Think of hotels as the big summer blockbuster and B&Bs are your favorite independent, art-house flick. They’re human-scale and human-paced, peaceful and personal. Plus, they’re often housed in buildings that…

Fan Photo of the Week

There’s just something about sunsets in Santa Cruz County. Seeing the vibrant hues saturate before your eyes is one of those beautiful things that seem to make any day a good one. Another nice addition to a great sunset are some silhouettes. Whether it’s dogs running on the beach, kids splashing in the waves or…

Fireside Wine or Dine

Some visitors to Santa Cruz County might argue that we don’t have seasons here. Our temperate climate, year-round growing season and sun-kissed winters make this a more-than-welcome destination to live, work and holiday. However, residents of this fine coastal community are not immune to feeling a chill, even if it happens to be 55 degrees…

Fan Photo of the Week

The first sunset of 2015 did not disappoint – just look at these gorgeous #SantaCruzNow photos taken today, January 1, 2015! We’ve already checked one of the “2015 Santa Cruz Must-Sees” off our list and did a little exploring in north county. Be sure to share your Santa Cruz moments with us all year long…

2015 Santa Cruz Must-Sees!

For most Santa Cruz County visitors there are two big must-sees on their list: the beach and the redwoods. Yes, those are definitely must-sees and should remain at the top of any Santa Cruz list, but there is soooo much more! Check out this list of some, perhaps lesser known, top spots and activities to…