Vacations often involve cramming as many activities as possible into a three-day weekend. We zip through the local’s favorites, pose for selfies with the tourist attractions, and snap artfully arranged shots of avocado toast and acai bowls consumed between mugs of artisanal coffee. It’s all about checking things off our bucket list, filling our Instagram feed, and, for those with kids in tow, finding creative ways to avoid a meltdown.
While we’re huge fans of both the bucket list and sharing experiences on social media, there is another way to experience both a new place and the familiar haunts you thought you knew like the back of your smartphone.
What’s better than a destination that can double as the perfect day-trip and extended getaway? A destination that has free activities and events to keep you entertained all day or all season long! Below are a few hand-picked tips for enjoying Santa Cruz County on a limited budget, or no budget at all! For more info, check out our Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County for Spring and Summer.
Spring is in the air and Visit Santa Cruz County would like to celebrate the season with a fabulous vacation giveaway! That’s right, you can enter now to WIN a stay in Santa Cruz! But this isn’t your average vacation giveaway package; this one is completely CUSTOMIZABLE! Submit your entry and you could win a Grand Prize of: a two-night stay at the beachfront Dream Inn Santa Cruz, four tickets to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and four passes to Roaring Camp Railroads, PLUS choose four additional activities from a list of uniquely Santa Cruz options, including kayaking, beer tasting, wine tasting, zip-lining through the redwoods, spa treatments, e-bike rental, and more!
March 2018 officially marks Watsonville’s 150th anniversary-a sesquicentennial!-and the town has big plans to celebrate. Although the celebration will continue throughout the year, there’s much to get excited about, lately. The historically agricultural community has become a recent hotbed for independent artists and craft food and drink producers, prompting some to refer to it as the Brooklyn of Santa Cruz County. Below, we share everything you need to know about the upcoming festivities, as well as some ways to enjoy Watsonville’s rich culture and scenic landscape today.
Didn’t get out of bed early enough to catch the Super Blue Blood Moon this morning? Us either, but we’re loving these Santa Cruz versions of the rare lunar eclipse! Check out a few of our moon favorites from January 31, 2018: