Set steps from the rippling surf of Cowell Beach, the new Jack O’Neill Restaurant & Lounge serves up big waterfront views, fresh coastal cuisine, and heaps of local surf culture. Taking its name and inspiration from the late Jack O’Neill, the wetsuit pioneer and founder of Santa Cruz’s first surf shop, the signature restaurant inside
When you think of backpacking in California, the Santa Cruz Mountains isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind. There’s a healing serenity, however, found beneath the towering coastal redwoods that protectively enfold our sunny stretch of well-loved coastline. A quick day trip from the metropolitan hustle of the Bay Area, the Santa Cruz
Overlooking downtown Santa Cruz from a quiet redwood-shaded bluff lies a hidden historical treasure and an enchanting starting point for a journey back in time. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is a one-acre island of tranquility with a spectacular view and a colorful story that begins more than 200 years ago. Its main feature,
While all sand can sculpt magnificent castles, and bury small, wiggly toes, some beaches are just better suited for kids—and their beach gear-wielding parents. Easy access, gentle waves, and clean, spiffy restrooms top the list of non-negotiables. A nearby ice cream shop wouldn’t hurt, either. Here are six suggestions for where to enjoy a successful
Zipping past the verdant agricultural fields along Highway 1 in southern Santa Cruz County, you might not guess that a stunning waterfront gem sits moments away. Just six minutes from the highway-and worlds away from modern-day bustle-you’ll discover Pajaro Dunes Resort, a hidden, coastal nirvana with a pristine white sand beach, seagrass-shrouded dunes, and more animated wildlife than a Disney cartoon. The secluded vacation home community offers guests a taste of exceptional coastal living, even if just for a weekend. Check out what makes it a special destination along the Monterey Bay, and enter our Let’s Cruz Vacation Giveaway to win your own coastal getaway!