It’s not just masked superheroes that will dazzle audiences in theatres this year. Santa Cruz will soon grace the silver screen as the seaside setting for the upcoming action flick “BumbleBee.” Given its cinematic landscape and blockbuster attractions such as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz has enjoyed many starring roles dating back to the early 20th century. In addition to the Steamer Lane surfers-and surfing seal-featured in “The Endless Summer,” Santa Cruz has played host to vampires, Dirty Harry, and even maniacal clowns from outer space. Break out the popcorn and roll out the red carpet, Santa Cruz is taking you to the movies.
It’s that wonderful time of year when butterflies descend upon Santa Cruz! Thousands of fluttering monarch butterflies winter in the eucalyptus trees on the Westside of Santa Cruz at Natural Bridges State Park, California’s only state park butterfly preserve.
Can you feel it? A refreshing sharpness to the breeze, a satisfying crunch underfoot when you’re walking through the park, a desire to snuggle up with a hot spiced beverage? It’s finally fall, which means that some of the year’s most highly-anticipated events are already underway, with no signs of slowing down! Autumn often delivers the best weather of the year to Santa Cruz County, but also marks the back-to-school season, so hotels are offering some sweet deals due to fewer crowds! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini vacations and tickets to exciting events for all ages and interests. Follow us on Facebook to enter the Fall Festival Fridays’ weekly mini-Santa Cruz vacation contests with hotel stays and more, and our Instagram for event ticket giveaways throughout the season!
Whales are a year-round spectacle in the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz County is fortunate to have a front row seat to the show. Although they can be spotted throughout the seasons, there are times when there’s a clear surge in their activity near the shore and throughout the Monterey Bay. Now is one of those times and their current muse – Aptos, Capitola, and Santa Cruz!
While Santa Cruz kitchens teem with farm-to-fork goodness, not every kid is keen to gobble purple cauliflower and roasted Brussels sprouts. Thankfully, kid-friendly eats are as plentiful as our surf breaks. From mac & cheese to booster seats, the following spots make family mealtime a breeze with tasty grub and fun treats that kiddos will