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January 05, 2016

Capitola, CA: Top 10 for "America's Happiest Seaside Towns"

Photo by @ntrujillo66Photo by @ntrujillo66
Coastal Living magazine has chosen Capitola, CA as one of its Top 10 "America's Happiest Seaside Towns" for 2016! But it doesn't stop there - you have the chance to vote and make it #1! From now until midnight on January 25, 2016, you can vote and help make Capitola #1 on the list of America's Happiest Seaside Towns! And you can vote every hour, so get those multiple votes in! Need to see some reasons why Capitola should be voted #1? Take a look at some of our favorite Capitola spots, shops, views, and crews, and see why it's America's Happiest Seaside Town!

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December 30, 2015

Instagram's Best of 2015

Photo | @haulll Photo | @haulll
2015 has been a gorgeous year! Take a peek at the 9 most liked photos from our @VisitSantaCruz Instagram account.

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December 11, 2015

Winter's Whale Wonderland in Santa Cruz

Photo by Instagram fan, @maxphilpPhoto by Instagram fan, @maxphilp
Whales are always in season in Santa Cruz - just look at the handy guide below that shows what you might spot and when. Recent sightings, by boat and from shore, have been all about the humpback whales. Lunge feeding, tale slapping, blowhole sprays, these guys have been putting on a show for months and whale watchers are enjoying every moment.

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December 01, 2015

It’s the Most Wonderful Santa Cruz Holiday Guide

110-14-46Holiday Lights Train - Photo Credit: Paul Schraub
We may do more sand than snow yet Santa Cruz has enough holly jolly to go around. Come December, colorful lighted boats illuminate the bay and cozy redwood forests become a backdrop for winter merrymaking. Here is a roundup of joyous celebrations, markets and activities to add a little seaside sparkle to your holidays.

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November 19, 2015

Winter Wildlife Watch: Elephant Seals

Photo by Instagram, @wpgsfo Photo by Instagram, @wpgsfo
The secret's out! Winter is the BEST time to visit Santa Cruz for some great wildlife watching! And one of our winter must-sees - the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park!

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