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December 28, 2017

Fan Favorites: Best of 2017

2017 is wrapping up and we’re taking a look back to see what our fans loved most on our Facebook and Instagram feeds. Sure, beach photos are always a hit, but we wanted to see what else our fans loved about Santa Cruz County. Take a look below for some of the Best of the Best of 2017 based on fan likes, comments, and shares. Enjoy the gallery and rest assured that we will keep providing more of this wildly beautiful, adventurous, and inspiring Santa Cruz content in 2018! And don't forget to keep tagging #VisitSantaCruz in your posts!

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November 12, 2017

The BEST of Winter Wildlife in Santa Cruz County

Photo Courtesy of Jim Capwell

Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding, otters and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts! But in December and January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see!

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November 08, 2017

Your 2017 Santa Cruz Holiday Gift Guide

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It's that time of year again! Don't let the hustle, bustle and hard-to-shop-for folks 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!

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October 30, 2017

Monarch Butterflies in Santa Cruz: A "City in the Trees"

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This monarch season is proving to be yet another beauty! Be sure to plan a visit to the Monarch Grove at Natural Bridges State Beach anytime from now, until the end of the year (and possibly as late as mid-February.) Explore on your own or take a weekend tour with docents who will share loads of information about these amazing migrating creatures.

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September 25, 2017

Explore + Eat: 4 of the Best Day Trips in Santa Cruz County

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I'm one of those people who totally gets recharged from some time in nature. Give me some fresh air, tall trees, and an ocean view and I'm definitely feeling refreshed. And, since I'm human, I also get recharged with some good food! When I'm planning a day trip to hike in the mountains or explore the coast, I am always looking for little eateries to compliment my travels. Check out a few of my favorite day trip combos with places to get some fresh air AND some fresh eats!

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