Photography by Garrick Ramirez
A beautiful sunrise peeks through the wooden piles of Capitola Wharf, built in 1857.
Early morning at Mitchell’s Cove Beach where pups can run off-leash before 10am.
The morning sun sets Protea flowers ablaze at the wondrous UC Santa Cruz Arboretum.
Awaiting the first swimmer of the day at the Dream Inn’s enviable bayfront pool.
Magnificent old-growth redwoods line the easy Redwood Grove loop trail at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park.
Top of the world views from a seat aboard the colorful ferris wheel at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
A quiet peek at the Monterey Bay from the blufftop picnic area of New Brighton State Beach.
Kalisa of Inzane Pops enjoys the music -- and one of her organic fruit pops -- at the weekly Downtown Santa Cruz Farmers’ Market.
Stunning cloud formations over the pristine beach at Pajaro Dunes.
Time for a midday treat: a scoop of fresh ice cream topped with decadent toasted marshmallow at The Penny Ice Creamery.
A scene from The Hook, a world renowned surf spot at 41st Ave and Portola in Pleasure Point.
Two friends catch up over a bottle of Pinot at the pastoral Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery.
Staff at the stylish New Bohemia Brewing Company tasting room prepare for the happy hour rush.
The tiki gods smile upon on the richly decorated dining room at Hula’s Island Grill.
The petite cable car at Shadowbrook Restaurant makes its first descent of the night. Installed in the mid-fifties, it completes hundreds of trips each night.
The beachfront patios at The Crow’s Nest fill as the sun starts to descend into the Bay.
A massive water wheel at the cozy Babbling Brook Inn churns over a year-round brook that flows by guests rooms on its way to Neary Lagoon.
A dramatic sunset as seen from the patio terrace at Seascape Beach Resort.