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February 01, 2017

Where to Catch the Best Winter Sunsets

Photo by Instagram, @eressler

It’s a scientific fact that sunsets are simply better in the winter. The colors are more vivid, the clouds sweep dramatically overhead like a painter’s bold brushstrokes, and in Santa Cruz where the ocean faces south, the bright yellow orb’s descent beneath the horizon is finally visible from almost any beach in the county. Even if it means skipping out on work early (although you didn’t hear that from us), winter sunsets are just too good to miss.

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December 30, 2016

Fan Choice: Best of the Best 2016

Photo by @philiplima

2016 is wrapping up and we’re taking a look back to see what our fans loved most on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. Sure, we figured beach photos were a hit (and they were), but we wanted to see what else our fans loved about Santa Cruz County. Take a look below for some of the Best of the Best of 2016 based on fan likes, comments, and shares. Enjoy this gorgeous gallery and rest assured that we will keep providing more of this wildly beautiful, adventurous, and inspiring Santa Cruz content for 2017!  

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October 05, 2016

More Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

 Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Not every local treasure ends up at the gift shop. We recently shared some of our favorite Santa Cruz hidden gems and invited you to experience what made them so special. If you’ve already checked those off your list, we’ve assembled even more memorable, lesser-known spots for you to discover. From a secret beach to a rare white redwood tree, these obscured destinations will reward those willing to stray from the beaten path.

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April 30, 2016

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Winning #SCWildflowers submission by Instagram fan, @cafin, at Davenport Beach Winning #SCWildflowers submission by Instagram fan, @cafin, at Davenport Beach
Task: sift through loads of beautiful Santa Cruz County wildflower photos and choose one winner...It's not easy, but someone's gotta do it! And that we did. Congrats to Instagram fan, @cafin, for her winning shot taken in Davenport!

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March 22, 2016

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest!

2015 submission by @sarahlovebot2015 submission by @sarahlovebot

WHAT: To celebrate spring, wildflowers and our beautiful Santa Cruz State Parks, we are running a photo contest on our Instagram, @VisitSantaCruz, so we can share the wildflower love!

WHEN: Contest begins Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and ends Monday, April 25, 2016

WHERE: Any Santa Cruz County State Park & throughout Santa Cruz County

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