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January 07, 2016

Photographer, Frans Lanting Presents, Bay of Life: A Celebration of California's Central Coast

Frans Lanting Winter is a wildlife wonderland in Santa Cruz County and we are thrilled to welcome renowned photographer and conservationist, Frans Lanting, and videographer, Chris Eckstrom, for their first Santa Cruz show in three years!

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January 05, 2016

Capitola, CA: Top 10 for "America's Happiest Seaside Towns"

Photo by @ntrujillo66Photo by @ntrujillo66
Coastal Living magazine has chosen Capitola, CA as one of its Top 10 "America's Happiest Seaside Towns" for 2016! But it doesn't stop there - you have the chance to vote and make it #1! From now until midnight on January 25, 2016, you can vote and help make Capitola #1 on the list of America's Happiest Seaside Towns! And you can vote every hour, so get those multiple votes in! Need to see some reasons why Capitola should be voted #1? Take a look at some of our favorite Capitola spots, shops, views, and crews, and see why it's America's Happiest Seaside Town!

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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.

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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.

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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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