Santa Cruz County Holiday Gift Guide

By Visit Santa Cruz County

It’s that time of year again! Don’t let the hustle, bustle and those hard-to-shop-for people on your list get you down! Think outside the big box and take a look at this Holiday Gift Guide with 20+ Santa Cruz ideas that are easy, fun, and totally unique!

Hike Through Santa Cruz County History

By Traci Hukill

The Santa Cruz Mountains are a hiker’s paradise. Hundreds of miles of trail crisscross this section of the Coast Range, which extends from southern Santa Cruz County all the way to San Francisco. Over the past 150 years, the splendid redwood forests blanketing these mountains have lured loggers and inspired environmentalists, who left their legacies along with fascinating stories that you can discover if you know where to go.

Winter Wildlife Getaway: Lodging Discounts!

The winter season marks the start of the best wildlife watching on the California coast and Santa Cruz County is no exception! Migrating whales, wintering monarchs, active elephant seals, and birding galore, make December and January the perfect time for a wildlife adventure. And to top it off, there are some amazing hotel deals that will make your winter getaway even better!

Where to Relax and Rejuvenate in Santa Cruz County!

By Martha Burton

There are a great many ways to relax and have fun, but when it comes right down to it, Santa Cruz County is renowned the world over for many things having to do with rejuvenation, happiness and good health. Whether it’s your prime focus or a free hour when the rest of the gang is at the Boardwalk, you’ve come to the right place. Forest bathing, ocean bathing, sun bathing—even just standing there, you can soak it all in. And the best part is there’s something for everyone and every budget.