All Photos by Garrick Ramirez
We love checking our likes and texting pals, too, but sometimes you need to cut the cord. In Santa Cruz County, you can swap the news alerts for quiet redwood groves, restorative spas, and the soothing sound of the sloshing tide. So, ditch the phone, shut the laptop, and find tranquility and well being at the following rejuvenating spots.
Photo by Garrick Ramirez
It’s a gorgeous Saturday morning and you’re craving a vigorous mountaintop trek, but the kiddos only want to stroll a virtual landscape of pixelated zombies. Sound familiar? We’ve got the solution: easy, scenic hikes with fun surprises and engaging activities that your kids will love. With quality time outdoors and away from the screens, these five outings are your new weekend ace in the hole.
Photo by Jim Capwell
The winter season marks the start of the best wildlife watching
on the California coast and Santa Cruz County is no exception! Migrating whales, fluttering monarchs, active elephant seals, and birding galore, make the winter months the perfect time for a wildlife adventure. And to top it off, there are some amazing hotel deals that will make your winter getaway even better!
Not all of Santa Cruz’s colorful characters are found at the Boardwalk. Explore Santa Cruz County shores, and you’ll delight in rocky tide pools teeming with unique sea creatures that wouldn’t be out of place in a Dr. Suess book. Tide pooling is a great way to experience the wondrous marine life in Monterey Bay
, no scuba tanks required! With something new to discover every visit, the following seaside spots will keep you happy as a clam.
Photo Courtesy of Jim Capwell
Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding, otters and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts! But in December and January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see!