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!
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!
Marbled Murrelet and Peregrine Falcon may sound like foot-tapping bands at the weekly farmers market, but they’re actually the names of rare birds you may spot in Santa Cruz County. The region’s feathered friends extend beyond the gulls that cozy up to your bowl of clam chowder at the wharf. Situated along the Pacific Flyway — a prominent migratory path that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia — Santa Cruz plays host to hundreds of bird species. No experience necessary here. Just head to one of the spots listed below and see for yourself!
Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings being offered in Santa Cruz County. Hikes vary in length and rigor but all are designed with families in mind. So add a warm jacket and some outdoor gear to your holiday list and hit the trails with us on New Years Day.
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 from November through January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see!