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!
Can you feel it? A refreshing sharpness to the breeze, a satisfying crunch underfoot when you’re walking through the park, a desire to snuggle up with a hot spiced beverage? It’s finally fall, which means that some of the year’s most highly-anticipated events are already underway, with no signs of slowing down! Autumn often delivers the best weather of the year to Santa Cruz County, but also marks the back-to-school season, so hotels are offering some sweet deals due to fewer crowds! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini vacations and tickets to exciting events for all ages and interests. Follow us on Facebook to enter the Fall Festival Fridays’ weekly mini-Santa Cruz vacation contests with hotel stays and more, and our Instagram for event ticket giveaways throughout the season!
As summer comes to an end, most of us look forward to stunning displays of fall foliage, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and drinking our fill of pumpkin spice lattes. But there’s another reason to get excited for shorter, crisper days and less persistent fog banks. Fall is migration season along California’s Central Coast, and one of the top places for birds to get some much-needed R&R before they continue their long flight south is right here in Santa Cruz County.
Santa Cruz County delivers added value once summer ends, when mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and lower hotel rates help make travel more affordable. This season, there are plenty of free activities and events that won’t cost a penny. Below are a few of our favorite tips! For more info, check out our Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County for Fall and Winter.
Have you been to Elkhorn Slough? This peaceful reserve is full of beauty and wildlife, plus you can choose how to explore, via waterways or on-foot on the 5 miles of trails. Check out these inspiring photos taken at this natural wonder and plan your own visit to Elkhorn Slough!