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November 10, 2016

Sunrise, Butterflies and More at Natural Bridges

Photo by @maitoza_nikon

Sunrises aren't always easy to catch. Between work, kids, morning coffee needs, and your desire to sleep, sunup can be a bit of an elusive event. But if you're looking for a sunrise spot worth the effort, try the Westside of Santa Cruz. Thanks to the dramatic coastline of the Monterey Bay, when on the Westside, it seems as if the sun is rising over the Pacific Ocean...and with the whole, "the sun rises in the east and sets in the west" thing, you'll likely have your Instagram followers questioning your #SCSunrise hashtag.  

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November 03, 2016

Ultimate Food + Drink Guide to South County

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Want to do an epic food and drink tour of Santa Cruz? Start in South County. The agricultural communities of Watsonville, Freedom, and Corralitos hide amazing food finds — some old, others new — with great craft beer, killer tacos, juicy sausages, and mind-blowing homemade pies. Take a peek at some of our favorites and start planning your South County food crawl.

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October 25, 2016

Where to Cozy Up with the Best Fall Treats

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

If you’re like us, your craving for creature comforts kick in the moment the air turns crisp and the leaves change colors. A wood-burning fire, a cozy wool blanket, and a creamy slice of pumpkin pie are our go-to’s in the fall season. Thankfully, apple, cinnamon, and

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October 20, 2016

Red October Skies

Photo by @quistwe
October has been a delightful mixed bag of fall weather. Foggy mornings, 80+ degree beach days, notable rainfall...we've seen it all. But our recent fiery skies have been dazzling locals and visitors and we can't help but share this gorgeous shot by @quistwe at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Gotta love those red October skies! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and share your Santa Cruz County photos by tagging @VisitSantaCruz or by using #VisitSantaCruz or #SantaCruzNow!  

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October 19, 2016

Celebrating the Fall Season with a Santa Cruz County Giveaway!

Did you know that the fall season is probably the best-kept secret among locals in Santa Cruz County? With fewer crowds, amazing hotel deals and some of the year’s best weather, the autumn months are packed full of things to do.  And to add to

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