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December 08, 2016

Winter: The Best Time for WILDLIFE in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Lisa Schouweile

Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding 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! Wintering monarchs, migrating gray whales, breeding elephant seals and upwards of 400 species of birds make these months the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature. And a major bonus to your winter getaway -- many hotels are partnering up for some great deals for your stay! So check out some of our wintertime wildlife must-sees, grab a FREE Wildlife Watch Kit, and start planning your trip to Santa Cruz!

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November 16, 2016

Winter Wildlife Getaway Lodging DISCOUNTS!

Photo by Jim Capwell

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

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October 13, 2016

A Stroll through the Arboretum

Photo by @xxhsgxx

Strolls in Santa Cruz are kinda a thing. A Sunday stroll on West Cliff  Drive or along Pleasure Point, a little shopping stroll Downtown or in the Village, a mellow stroll through the redwoods...Santa Cruz has got the whole relaxing walk thing DOWN. And another one to add to the list - a stroll at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. With 135 acres of gardens and blooms, the UCSC Arboretum is a unique and beautiful place to walk through nature. 

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July 22, 2016

A Morning at Manresa State Beach...

July 2016 Moonset at Manresa State Beach. Photo by @dannyburgJuly 2016 Moonset at Manresa State Beach. Photo by @dannyburg

Gorgeous sunsets are pretty standard in Santa Cruz County. They're easy to catch, usually full of vibrant colors and pretty much always worth a look. Our sunrises are equally beautiful, but let's be honest, not all of us are willing to sacrifice that last hour or two of shut eye to see them! Well thanks to @dannyburg we've got a nice little glimpse into yesterday's moonset over Manresa State Beach. And Danny, your early morning surf session seemed well worth the sacrifice with this view!

Want to learn more about the gorgeous Manresa? Keep reading!

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June 30, 2016

SUP Santa Cruz!

Photo courtesy of @supshacksc #SquadGoals | Photo courtesy of @supshacksc
Have you tried stand up paddle boarding - better known as SUP? Let these photos inspire you to take to the Monterey Bay and enjoy a day exploring over the open water! 

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