Relics of the Spanish and Mexican eras, the county’s oldest buildings have fascinating stories to tell.
Visit Santa Cruz County announces that the 2020 Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide is now available. The guide – presented in a portable size – provides timely and useful destination information in an inspirational, one-of-a-kind publication. The 2020 cover photo is a nod to the historical significance of the sport of surfing in Santa
By Garrick Ramirez
The Monterey Bay is home to one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Scattered about its dramatic underwater terrain—picture a submerged Grand Canyon—may lie the remnants of more than a century of shipwrecks. Although many remains have likely deteriorated over time, a 2001 study recorded 463 vessels known to be lost within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. If you’re wondering why so many ships sank off of our coast, and if you can spot any of their remains, read on to discover seafaring tales that are sure to buoy your spirits.
By Traci Hukill
The Santa Cruz Mountains are a hiker’s paradise. Hundreds of miles of trail crisscross this section of the Coast Range, which extends from southern Santa Cruz County all the way to San Francisco. Over the past 150 years, the splendid redwood forests blanketing these mountains have lured loggers and inspired environmentalists, who left their legacies along with fascinating stories that you can discover if you know where to go.
By Traci Hukill
How Santa Cruz County roared through the 1920’s prohibition, and where you can still find historic places today!