Hikes with a View in Santa Cruz County

Want to know where locals go for some of the best hikes with striking views in Santa Cruz? From peeks of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on clear days to large open vistas of the Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz boasts a multitude of short hikes with Instagram-worthy vistas. These routes can be completed in a

Free Fall & Winter Fun in Santa Cruz County

By Visit Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County delivers added value once summer ends, when mild temperatures, fewer crowds and lower hotel rates help make travel more affordable. This season, there are plenty of free activities and events that won’t cost a penny. Find details below on the top 12 free things to do and see in Santa Cruz County this fall and winter.

Not-To-Miss Fall Events in Santa Cruz County

The secret’s out! The fall season boasts some of the best weather of the year in Santa Cruz County, plus it’s chock-full of awesome events, fewer crowds, and reduced hotel rates! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini-vacations, activity prizes, gift certificates, and more! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to

Top Takeout + Picnic Spot Matchups

Santa Cruz County has the perfect recipe for fun and tasty picnics: a spectrum of fabulous restaurants that do great takeout food and countless spots with unbeatable scenery. Here are a few matchups to explore. Davenport Picnic with Pier View Whale City Bakery on the coast has lots of high-quality to-go options. Since you won’t

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