TRAVEL BLOG

Shipwrecks in our Sanctuary

By Garrick Ramirez

The Monterey Bay is home to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Scattered about its dramatic underwater terrain—picture a submerged Grand Canyon—may lie the remnants of more than a century of shipwrecks. Although many remains have likely deteriorated over time, a 2001 study recorded 463 vessels known to be lost within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. If you’re wondering why so many ships sank off of our coast, and if you can spot any of their remains, read on to discover seafaring tales that are sure to buoy your spirits.

A Pizza Lover’s Guide to Santa Cruz County

By Garrick Ramirez

When it’s time to gather friends and family around a meal, few are going to argue with pizza. The reliable crowd-pleaser suits practically every occasion, from a quick, on-the-go bite to a sit-down feast with antipastas and vino. Thanks to the influence of early Italian immigrants and local farms teeming with fresh produce, Santa Cruz County is home to some exceptional pies. Whether you’re going gourmet or simply grab-and-go, here’s where to find the best pizza in town.

Your Off-Season (& Rainy Day) Guide to the Boardwalk

With a sunny beachfront locale, open-air thrill rides, and an endless parade of frozen treats, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is the very definition of summer. But that doesn’t mean the fun ends with the first bell of the school year. The Boardwalk is open year-round, and quieter months mean more deals and less crowds. Don’t stash those My Boardwalk cards just yet. Below, you’ll see why the off-season-and even a rainy day-is a great time to enjoy the Boardwalk.

Explore these Haunted Spots in Santa Cruz County!

By Garrick Ramirez

For spine-tingling tales and frightfully good fun, who you gonna call? Santa Cruz County has played host to hair-raising chills on the big screen, from the teen vampires of “The Lost Boys” to the scissor-wielding doppelgangers in “Us,” but the frights don’t have to end when the credits roll. Though famed for its sunny beach culture, Santa Cruz County hides a fun, spooky side with eerie cemeteries, creepy-cool Victorian mansions, and historic hotels rumored to house a few guests who’ve never checked out. Break out the Ecto Goggles, here’s where to get spooked in Santa Cruz County!

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