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January 16, 2019

Winter Wildlife Watch: Elephant Seals

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The secret's out! Winter is the BEST time to visit Santa Cruz for some great wildlife watching! And one of our winter must-sees - the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park!


December 12, 2018

Mark Your Calendar: California King Tides Are Coming!

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California King Tides are coming to Santa Cruz! On December 22 & 23 and January 20 & 21, the impressive tides will hit the shores of Santa Cruz County! These naturally occurring and predictable events are when the highest tides occur. But that's not all, during King Tides we also experience some of the lowest, most dramatic negative tides. These extreme low tides pose prime conditions for tide pooling, miles of beach walking, and extended beach exploration.


October 30, 2018

The BEST of Winter Wildlife in Santa Cruz County

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!


October 29, 2018

Winter Wildlife Getaway - Lodging DISCOUNTS for 2018-2019

The winter season marks the start of the best wildlife watching on the California coast and Santa Cruz County is no exception! Migrating whales, fluttering monarchs, active elephant seals, and birding galore, make the winter months the perfect time for a Santa Cruz vacation set around incredible wildlife viewing. And to top it off, there are some amazing hotel deals that will make your winter getaway even better!


October 23, 2018

Top Spots to go Tide Pooling in Santa Cruz County

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Explore Santa Cruz County shores, and you’ll delight in rocky tide pools teeming with unique sea creatures that wouldn’t be out of place in a Dr. Suess book. Tide pooling is a great way to experience the wondrous marine life in Monterey Bay - and no scuba tanks required! With something new to discover every visit, these top Santa Cruz tide pool spots will keep you happy as a clam.


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