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February 01, 2017

Where to Catch the Best Winter Sunsets

Photo by Instagram, @eressler

It’s a scientific fact that sunsets are simply better in the winter. The colors are more vivid, the clouds sweep dramatically overhead like a painter’s bold brushstrokes, and in Santa Cruz where the ocean faces south, the bright yellow orb’s descent beneath the horizon is finally visible from almost any beach in the county. Even if it means skipping out on work early (although you didn’t hear that from us), winter sunsets are just too good to miss.


January 11, 2017

Santa Cruz County's Stormy Views

Photo taken in Scotts Valley by

2017 is already making a name for itself in Santa Cruz County. The steady and heavy rains have made quite an impression on the landscape and Mother Nature is making her mark. Take a peek at a few of our favorite shots from this past week and please remember to stay safe! 


January 10, 2017

Get Inspired and Start Planning: The New 2017 Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide is Now Available

Photo by Dave "Nelly" Nelson

Visit Santa Cruz County is pleased to offer the latest visitor guide to help you plan your adventures throughout the region.  The 2017 Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide features stories, enhanced area maps and dining and lodging information highlighting the many amenities offered by the county’s restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals and campgrounds. Plus, find out when and where the hottest events are happening and make plans to visit those must-see Santa Cruz County attractions.

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January 06, 2017

Celebrate 30 Years of the Screaming Hand!

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

If there was ever a time to celebrate a severed, screaming hand, this past Halloween-themed month of October seemed like the right one. The blue Screaming Hand, that indelible icon of skateboarding culture, celebrated its 30th birthday with creation of an eye-popping exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art (MAH). Created in 1985 by Santa Cruz graphics artist Jim Phillips, the howling appendage—which has been emblazoned on t-shirts, skateboards, and stickers all over the world—is honored with a fitting tribute to its influential legacy.


December 28, 2016

Happy New Year! Now Take a Hike

Photo by @eressler

If you want to start the New Year off on the right foot, then lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails at some of Santa Cruz County’s best state parks. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free guided hikes to encourage folks to get outdoors and learn about the local flora and fauna right in their own backyard (or perhaps someone else’s backyard if you’re still on vacation). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that are sure to send you into 2017 feeling healthy, happy, and ready for the next adventure.


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