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Off-Season Camping at Sunset State Beach

The official summer season may be coming to a close, but the weather continues to amaze! And right on cue, September sunsets are making everyone remember why the change of seasons isn’t so bad in Santa Cruz County. Whether you can sneak in some more beach days, catch a sunset on the coast, or plan a whole camping trip, discover the south county gem of Sunset State Beach.

Find Sand Art & Rock Stacks in Santa Cruz County!

By Garrick Ramirez

While many artists take inspiration from their surroundings, environmental artists incorporate the natural environs into their artworks, transforming the landscape into a virtual open-air gallery. You’ve seen examples: stacks of rocks precariously perched along trailways, and dazzling sand sculptures that lure camera-wielding crowds. The next time you’re out and about in Santa Cruz County, keep an eye out for the following artistic displays.

Your Guide to the Santa Cruz Harbor

By Garrick Ramirez

With over 1,000 slips granting immediate access to Monterey Bay, the Santa Cruz Harbor is a boater’s paradise. Plus, it offers boatloads of fun for landlubbers, too! In addition to a marina full of magnificent vessels, you’ll find waterfront eateries, sandy beaches, and boundless land and sea recreation. Set sail for the Santa Cruz Harbor, and discover a variety of seaside activities that are sure to float your boat.

9 Beachside Spots to Get Your Grub On

By Garrick Ramirez

The perfect day at the beach doesn’t just include dazzling, waterfront scenery. Just as important as the surf and sand is a nearby spot with cheap, delicious eats. We’re talking laid-back eateries where flips flops are the dress code, and surf stickers are the decor. From casual beach shacks to waterfront patios, Santa Cruz is home to primo beachside eats. Below, we’ve paired local beaches with some of our favorite nearby places to chow down.

Tide Pooling in Santa Cruz County

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Not all of Santa Cruz’s colorful characters are found at the Boardwalk. 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.