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November 12, 2017

The BEST of Winter Wildlife in Santa Cruz County

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!

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October 30, 2017

Monarch Butterflies in Santa Cruz: A "City in the Trees"

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This monarch season is proving to be yet another beauty! Be sure to plan a visit to the Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges State Beach anytime from now, until the end of the year (and possibly as late as mid-February.) Explore on your own or take a weekend tour with docents who will share loads of information about these amazing migrating creatures.

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October 08, 2017

Rediscover the Santa Cruz Wharf

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Extending a half mile into the Monterey Bay, situated between the colorful Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the surfer-filled waves of Steamer Lane, the Santa Cruz Wharf offers some of most thrilling views along the California coast. At 2,745 feet, it’s the longest wooden pier in the United States, resting on over 4,400 Douglas-fir pilings. Built in 1914, the timber centenarian continues to offer a timeless Santa Cruz experience. Stroll its wooden walkways—ideally with a cup of clam chowder in hand—and discover fresh-seafood eateries, local gift shops, nature and history displays, fun seasonal events, and of course, those famous barking sea lions.

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August 07, 2017

Summer Wildlife Happening NOW!

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Santa Cruz County has year round wildlife watching - whales, sea lions, dolphins, tidepools, hundreds of species of birds - there's really not a bad time of year for seeing some creatures! But here's a quick roundup of photos - all taken within the last week - that will give you a realtime look at the Santa Cruz summer wildlife scene.

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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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