The link between Santa Cruz and Hawaii extends beyond their share of sunny beaches and laid-back vibes. In 1885, three, vacationing Hawaiian princes dazzled Santa Cruz locals by riding waves on makeshift boards they had made from redwood planks. It marked the introduction of surfing to the mainland U.S., and sparked a nationwide craze that began here in Santa Cruz. Today, the region brims with other Hawaiian imports such as poke bowls and Kona coffee that will transport you to the islands. From ono grinds to ukulele melodies, here’s where to find aloha in Santa Cruz County.
Love is the air in Santa Cruz County! Romantic dinners, hikes through the redwoods, wine, chocolate, and even speed weddings and vow renewals, Santa Cruz County has a Valentine’s celebration for everyone! See what’s happening this Valentine’s Day and weekend! PS: Valentine’s is on Friday and President’s Day is the following Monday – sounds like
They say the way to a loved one’s heart is through their stomach! From dramatic coastal views to hidden havens in the lush Santa Cruz Mountains, we’ve got you covered for wining and dining year-round at some of the most romantic eateries in Santa Cruz County.
If you follow us on Instagram, you already know how alluring Santa Cruz County is on your phone. Yet, nothing compares to experiencing its dazzling scenery and relaxed vibes IRL. Santa Cruz County brims with sunny golden shores, lush redwood groves, and a vibrant surf scene that need no filter. Below, we’ve shared some local Instagram hotspots to fill your feed with mesmerizing imagery—and your followers with FOMO. Just remember to tag your posts with #Visit Santa Cruz and #SantaCruzNow for a chance be featured on our page!
Watsonville provides stunning views of the Monterey Bay, a rich history of California agriculture and so much more. Below, we’ve narrowed down a list of 15 to lend a weekend-friendly taste of the many activities and sights offered within the dynamic, historic town.