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December 28, 2016

Happy New Year! Now Take a Hike

Photo by @eressler

If you want to start the New Year off on the right foot, then lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails at some of Santa Cruz County’s best state parks. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free guided hikes to encourage folks to get outdoors and learn about the local flora and fauna right in their own backyard (or perhaps someone else’s backyard if you’re still on vacation). We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites that are sure to send you into 2017 feeling healthy, happy, and ready for the next adventure.

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December 09, 2016

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

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

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.

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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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December 06, 2016

Santa Cruz Style Holiday Gift Guide

Photo by Rachel Endsley

Need some help with your holiday shopping list? Have a person or two that has you stumped? Then think outside of the big box and take a look at this Holiday Gift Guide with 20+ totally Santa Cruz ideas!

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November 30, 2016

Get Holly Jolly at These Festive and Fun Holiday Events

Photo by Barbara Karleen

Santa Cruz may sport more surfboards than sleighs, but we’ve got no shortage of yuletide cheer. During the holidays, dazzling light-strung boats illuminate the Monterey Bay and local artisans fill in for elves with beautiful, handmade gifts. Here’s a roundup of festive and fun events for all ages to add a little seaside sparkle to your holidays.

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