Top 5 Kid-Friendly Hikes in Santa Cruz County

It’s a gorgeous Saturday morning and you’re craving a vigorous mountaintop trek, but the kiddos only want to stroll a virtual landscape of pixelated zombies. Sound familiar? We’ve got the solution: easy, scenic hikes with fun surprises and engaging activities that your kids will love. With quality time outdoors and away from the screens, these five outings are your new weekend ace in the hole.

Where to Camp in Santa Cruz County

With an enviable Mediterranean climate and a natural splendor the stretches from the redwoods to the bay, Santa Cruz is a remarkable place to pitch a tent. Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-flannel-wool outdoorsy type or won’t bed down without a mattress, there’s a campsite that’s right for you. KOA Santa CruzMinutes from Manresa State Beach, this

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.