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April 17, 2018

Don't Miss Your Chance to Win an Unforgettable Vacation!

By now, you must have heard about our incredible vacation giveaway! Spring is in full swing, and everyone is ready to get outside and have some fun in the sun. From ziplining through the redwoods, to wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains, to exploring the area by boat or bike, and more, Visit Santa Cruz County and our partners have put together some amazing activities to help give one lucky winner the ultimate California vacation! By entering our Let’s Cruz Customizable Vacation Getaway, you could win a Grand Prize of: a two-night stay at the beachfront Dream Inn Santa Cruz, four tickets to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and four passes to Roaring Camp RailroadsPLUS choose four additional activities from a list of uniquely Santa Cruz options! The contest began on March 1, 2018 and continues through May 31, 2018.

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April 12, 2018

Let's Do Earth Day, Everyday in Santa Cruz! #KeepSCBeautiful #PackYourTrash

Photo by Instagram fan, seidacardona
Earth Day is just around the corner and we want to take a moment and remind everyone to help keep Santa Cruz County beautiful! With 29 miles of coastline, well over a dozen state parks, and the gorgeous Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Cruz County has a lot of natural beauty to offer its locals and visitors. But with these prestine natural wonders comes a great responsibility to keep them the way they are intended - clean and trash-free! Please remember to always #PackYourTrash when visiting the beaches and parks. And note, there are some beaches and parks that do not have trash receptacles, so it's imperative that you come prepared to pack up your trash and take it with you. 

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April 10, 2018

Spring to: the Dream Inn Santa Cruz

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Since the surf-crazed 1960s, the Dream Inn hotel has delighted visitors with its beachfront setting and immediate proximity to iconic local attractions such as the Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk—both clearly visible from each of the property’s guest rooms. Now, the sunny property welcomes guests with a spiffy new renovation of its 165 rooms, pool deck, and lobby. Enter our spring vacation giveaway, and you can experience it for yourself with a free two-night stay at the Dream Inn!

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March 19, 2018

5 Family-Friendly Ways to Vacation Like a Naturalist

Photo by Molly (Lautamo) Ressler

Vacations often involve cramming as many activities as possible into a three-day weekend. We zip through the local’s favorites, pose for selfies with the tourist attractions, and snap artfully arranged shots of avocado toast and acai bowls consumed between mugs of artisanal coffee. It’s all about checking things off our bucket list, filling our Instagram feed, and, for those with kids in tow, finding creative ways to avoid a meltdown.

While we’re huge fans of both the bucket list and sharing experiences on social media, there is another way to experience both a new place and the familiar haunts you thought you knew like the back of your smartphone.

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March 13, 2018

Moody March Beauty on the Santa Cruz Coast

March is promising some much needed precipitation and we're not going to let the moody weather get us down! Less sunny, but equally beautiful, take a peek at some recent views from the coast of Santa Cruz County:

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