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November 24, 2015

Surfin' Santa Comes to Capitola Beach!

Surfin' Santa arrives on Capitola Beach Surfin' Santa arrives on Capitola Beach
Surfin' Santa arrives with his outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Beach at 12 noon. Be sure to bring your Christmas list and a camera to capture Santa's wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has toweled off, he'll settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice long visit with all the children. After your visit with Santa, take some time to shop in Capitola Village and pick up a few items on your Christmas list! The Surfing Santa event is FREE!

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November 19, 2015

Winter Wildlife Watch: Elephant Seals

Photo by Instagram, @wpgsfo Photo by Instagram, @wpgsfo
The secret's out! Winter is the BEST time to visit Santa Cruz for some great wildlife watching! And one of our winter must-sees - the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park!

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November 11, 2015

Santa Cruz Winter Wildlife Watch

Photo Courtesy of Giancarlo Thomae PhotographyPhoto Courtesy of Giancarlo Thomae Photography
Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year 'round whale watching, birding and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts. But from November through January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see!

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November 07, 2015

Midtown Itinerary

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick Ramirez
Like the Westside and Pleasure Point, Midtown is one of Santa Cruz’s many distinct, charming neighborhoods. Follow Soquel Avenue across the San Lorenzo River from Downtown and discover a bustling, walkable corridor of boutiques, eateries and some of the city’s most beloved mainstays.

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October 26, 2015

A Guide to the Tannery Arts Center

Outdoor Mosaic at the Tannery Arts CenterOutdoor Mosaic at the Tannery Arts Center
For years Santa Cruz has been missing a central hub for the arts - a place near downtown for artists to live, work, and share their creative process and its results with the public. The Tannery Arts Center has been actively working to create that hub since opening 100 affordable live-work units for artists in 2009 and 28 working studios in 2012.

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