Kayaking Tours

Explore the open sea on a guided tour of the Monterey Bay

Self-Guided Art Tours

Galleries, museums and artists open their doors for do-it-yourself art tours

Whale Watching

Admire marine life up close with a whale watching excursion

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Tours & Sightseeing

From land, sea or air, there are a variety of different ways to see Santa Cruz County! An array of tours to choose from can teach you about marine science on a wharf tour, bring you closer to majestic sea life in the Monterey Bay on a whale watching excursion, or change your perspective on a zipline canopy outing in a coastal redwood forest. See coastal birds, explore a sea cave or enjoy a sunset paddle on a kayak tour. Opt for a free tour of the Wetlands of Watsonville and explore plants and animals while learning about nature conservancy. Or take a free tour of a glass studio and admire the craftsmanship that goes into every piece.

Self-guided tours of the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County's Open Studios Art Tour, the Arboretum at UCSC, the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, notable spots in Capitola, local art the First Friday of each month, Santa Cruz's historic neighborhoods or public artwork in Downtown Santa Cruz are all available as well.

Chaminade Resort & Spa

Mission-style resort overlooking the Monterey Bay.

Capitola Hotel

Steps to the beach, in heart of Capitola Village

Howard Johnson Inn at Santa Cruz Wharf

Offers comfortable ocean view guest rooms

Best Western Plus Capitola-By-the-Sea

Near beach, shops & quaint Capitola/Soquel Village


Running in Santa Cruz...

Choose your own adventure - did we mention there are views like this!




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