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July 16, 2018

15 DREAMY VACATION RENTALS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Photo courtesy of Kendall and Potter

With everything from stylish beach cottages to roomy digs for the extended family, Santa Cruz County vacation rentals are fun to shop. It’s like being on your own episode of “House Hunters.” With a dreamy collection of homes and expert staff who know the region, local rental agencies can you help you ID the perfect abode. To help kick-start your search, we’ve rounded up 15 properties that we’d be happy to call our home-away-from-home.

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June 25, 2018

Why Rancho del Oso is a Must-Stop Along Highway 1

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Famed for its ancient redwoods, cascading waterfalls, and epic hikes, Big Basin Redwoods State Park hides a lesser-known coastal region with an identity and landscape all of its own. Named for the grizzly bears that once roamed its lush grounds, Rancho del Oso is a hidden gem with a dazzling spring wildflowers, enchanting marshlands laced with hiking and biking trails, and a magnificent nature center housed in a historic home once occupied by the family of President Herbert Hoover.

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June 18, 2018

Top 5 Spots to Watch Surfers in Santa Cruz County

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

You don’t have to shimmy into a wetsuit to enjoy surfing in Santa Cruz County. Many local surf breaks offer viewing areas to relish the action without ever leaving the shore. As the birthplace of mainland surfing, Santa Cruz is home to amazing talent and legends, and you can watch them “shred the gnar” at the following spots.

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June 12, 2018

DISCOVER THE CASTRO ADOBE

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

While news of a historic adobe might get lost amidst today’s flurry of sensational clickbait, we assure you that the Castro Adobe is a very special place. In addition to its gorgeous setting within Watsonville’s bucolic Larkin Valley, the 1850 adobe is a fascinating restoration project, an active archeology site, and a virtual glimpse into the region’s lively past. In its 168 years, the adobe has never officially been open to the public. Now, thanks to Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks who is leading restoration efforts, the Castro Adobe offers free, monthly open houses that offer visitors a unique opportunity to tour the property, witness its captivating restoration, and maybe munch a few freshly made tortillas in the process.

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May 17, 2018

3 Reasons to Spring to Pajaro Dunes Resort

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Zipping past the verdant agricultural fields along Highway 1 in southern Santa Cruz County, you might not guess that a stunning waterfront gem sits moments away. Just six minutes from the highway—and worlds away from modern-day bustle—you’ll discover Pajaro Dunes Resort, a hidden, coastal nirvana with a pristine white sand beach, seagrass-shrouded dunes, and more animated wildlife than a Disney cartoon. The secluded vacation home community offers guests a taste of exceptional coastal living, even if just for a weekend. Check out what makes it a special destination along the Monterey Bay, and enter our Let’s Cruz Vacation Giveaway to win your own coastal getaway!

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