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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!


January 14, 2016

Visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo!

Photo by Instagram, @aydan_elizPhoto by Instagram, @aydan_eliz
Año Nuevo in the winter months is a must. Elephant seal bulls battle it out in the surf while females come ashore to birth their pups. It’s wildlife at its best and the setting couldn’t be better. Plus, from mid December through March 31st, knowledgeable docent naturalists give park goers a guided tour chock full of facts during your up close and personal look at these gigantic creatures.


December 30, 2015

Instagram's Best of 2015

Photo | @haulll Photo | @haulll
2015 has been a gorgeous year! Take a peek at the 9 most liked photos from our @VisitSantaCruz Instagram account.


December 17, 2015

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

All Photos by Garrick RamirezAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings being offered in Santa Cruz County. Hikes vary in length and rigor but all are designed with families in mind. So add a warm jacket and some outdoor gear to your holiday list and hit the trails with us on New Years Day.


December 11, 2015

Winter's Whale Wonderland in Santa Cruz

Photo by Instagram fan, @maxphilpPhoto by Instagram fan, @maxphilp
Whales are always in season in Santa Cruz - just look at the handy guide below that shows what you might spot and when. Recent sightings, by boat and from shore, have been all about the humpback whales. Lunge feeding, tale slapping, blowhole sprays, these guys have been putting on a show for months and whale watchers are enjoying every moment.


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