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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!  


November 19, 2016

Your Top Wet Weather Nature Finds

Photo by @xxhsgxx

Sure, the rain might have you dreaming of a cozy nook and a warm cup of coffee, but don’t sell yourself short this season! Wet weather can bring some of nature’s best into the limelight, and let’s be honest, a great cup of coffee isn’t hard to come by in Santa Cruz! So put the latte on hold and check out some of our favorite rainy day nature finds that will get you outside and enjoying the season!


November 10, 2016

Sunrise, Butterflies and More at Natural Bridges

Photo by @maitoza_nikon

Sunrises aren't always easy to catch. Between work, kids, morning coffee needs, and your desire to sleep, sunup can be a bit of an elusive event. But if you're looking for a sunrise spot worth the effort, try the Westside of Santa Cruz. Thanks to the dramatic coastline of the Monterey Bay, when on the Westside, it seems as if the sun is rising over the Pacific Ocean...and with the whole, "the sun rises in the east and sets in the west" thing, you'll likely have your Instagram followers questioning your #SCSunrise hashtag.  


October 20, 2016

Red October Skies

Photo by @quistwe
October has been a delightful mixed bag of fall weather. Foggy mornings, 80+ degree beach days, notable rainfall...we've seen it all. But our recent fiery skies have been dazzling locals and visitors and we can't help but share this gorgeous shot by @quistwe at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Gotta love those red October skies! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and share your Santa Cruz County photos by tagging @VisitSantaCruz or by using #VisitSantaCruz or #SantaCruzNow!  


October 13, 2016

A Stroll through the Arboretum

Photo by @xxhsgxx

Strolls in Santa Cruz are kinda a thing. A Sunday stroll on West Cliff  Drive or along Pleasure Point, a little shopping stroll Downtown or in the Village, a mellow stroll through the redwoods...Santa Cruz has got the whole relaxing walk thing DOWN. And another one to add to the list - a stroll at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. With 135 acres of gardens and blooms, the UCSC Arboretum is a unique and beautiful place to walk through nature. 


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