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July 18, 2017

6 Outrageously Scenic Picnic Spots

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Combine a warm climate with limitless scenery and a bounty of artisan breads, cheeses, and wine, and you have the recipe for a perfect picnic. With 29 miles of beaches, Santa Cruz has no shortage of scenic locales to spread out on your favorite picnic blanket. But for added comfort and larger gatherings, you’ll want picturesque spots with designated picnic areas equipped with tables and possibly BBQ grills. Here, we’ve listed a few of our favorites and organized them by setting so you can plan your dream picnic!

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July 16, 2017

Summertime Buzz with My Weekend In Santa Cruz

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This weekend had a great summertime buzz to it...and not just for those who went to the Hop N' Barley Festival or the Wine Passport Days! Warm temps, great events, and sherbet skies helped this weekend cruise right along into greatness. Check out a few of the weekend's best highlights and be sure to share your Santa Cruz vacation adventures by tagging #VisitSantaCruz and #MyWeekendInSantaCruz!

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July 13, 2017

Remembering Surfing Pioneer Jack O’Neill

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Earlier this year, Santa Cruz lost a beloved local legend. Jack O’Neill, the surf pioneer credited with developing the wetsuit and changing surfing forever, passed away on June 2, 2017 at age 94 in his home in Santa Cruz. With a full scraggly beard and pirate-like black eye patch—the result of a surfing injury—the rakish O’Neill was a local icon, often seen cruising around town in his Jaguar and bellowing out surfing tips to those surfing outside his cliffside house in Pleasure Point.

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July 10, 2017

Jack's Historic Paddle Out - My Weekend In Santa Cruz

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After yesterday's historic paddle out, it would be easy to say that last weekend was all about Jack O'Neill. Our feed alone has been filled with videos and images from the once-in-a-lifetime event and I am honored to say I was able to attend. I got up bright and early to secure a good spot, and lucky for me, it paid off with a nice perch at the top of the stairs where I could see hundreds of surfers file down to the water with their boards.

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July 06, 2017

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Santa Cruz History

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Burly lumberjacks, Hawaiian princes, and a protester who wore a dress made from hot dogs are just some of the fascinating characters that fill Santa Cruz’s rich history. Below, we've listed a few of our favorite historical stories as well as the spots to experience them firsthand. Yep, we love getting lost in Wikipedia too, but local history is best explored in person thanks to the following museums and cultural institutions.

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