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March 08, 2016

Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

Garden of Eden Photo Credit Garrick RamirezGarden of Eden Photo by Garrick Ramirez
Like most destination cities, Santa Cruz enjoys its well-known touristed spots as well as its hidden gems. From concealed gardens to a killer swimming hole, these “secret” spots are those special places usually only revealed by a well-informed friend. We’ve collected a few of our favorites below. Seek them out and you’ll soon be the one in the know!

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February 05, 2016

Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

Photo by Rachel EndsleyPhoto by Rachel Endsley
I'm as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz:

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February 01, 2016

Guided Backpacking Adventures with California State Parks

Photo by Instagram, @youareonlyastrangerbutonce at Castle Rock State ParkPhoto by Instagram, @youareonlyastrangerbutonce at Castle Rock State Park
For the second summer in a row, California State Parks is offering Naturalist-Led Backpacking Adventures through the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you're new to backpacking or a seasoned nomad, there's an adventure waiting for you! This year there will be five excursions throughout June to September with trips varying in length from one to three nights. These adventures will trek through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, Butano State Park, and Portola Redwoods State Park.

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January 26, 2016

5 Beautiful Spots to Enjoy Birds in Santa Cruz County

Sandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa SheridanSandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa Sheridan
 
Marbled Murrelet and Peregrine Falcon may sound like foot-tapping bands at the weekly farmers market, but they’re actually the names of rare birds you may spot in Santa Cruz County. The region’s feathered friends extend beyond the gulls that cozy up to your bowl of clam chowder at the wharf. Situated along the Pacific Flyway -- a prominent migratory path that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia -- Santa Cruz plays host to hundreds of bird species. No experience necessary here. Just head to one of the spots listed below and see for yourself!

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January 22, 2016

Winter Beach Treasures!

Photo by @seeninsantacruz in DavenportPhoto by @seeninsantacruz in Davenport
Summer or winter, just about everyday is a beach day in Santa Cruz. Sure, winter beach days call for a few more layers and a little less sunscreen, but they often lead to some great finds! Wildlife is in full bloom during the winter months with gray whales offshore, elephants seals, lots of birding, and great tidepooling. The winter swells & surf stir up the coast and bring lots of creatures and other treasures to the shore. Check out some AMAZING recent Santa Cruz County winter finds!

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