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Hikes with a View in Santa Cruz County

Want to know where locals go for some of the best hikes with striking views in Santa Cruz? From peeks of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on clear days to large open vistas of the Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz boasts a multitude of short hikes with Instagram-worthy vistas. These routes can be completed in a

San Lorenzo Valley Spotlight

When most folks think of Santa Cruz County, they imagine its iconic beaches and breathtaking coastline, but the small, forested communities in the Santa Cruz Mountains are just as dreamy as its ocean views. Known as San Lorenzo Valley (SLV), the area is comprised of the towns of Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale, and Boulder Creek

Santa Cruz by Sea, Land, and Air

Ocean waves? Check. Hikes with stunning vistas? Yup. Forest tours 150 feet up in the trees? We’ve got that too. From biking the newly opened coastal trail to ziplining through the redwoods, Santa Cruz is a place where both adrenaline junkies and those looking for the town’s laid-back vibe can play. All that’s required is

Wild About Wildflowers in Santa Cruz County

Something about wildflowers in spring causes us to buzz with excitement. Waiting for the peek-a-boo of color that begins to dot shaded trails and rolling hillsides. Once wildflowers bloom there is no shortage of locations in Santa Cruz County to spot their vibrant colors. Some of these flowers can be viewed in a few steps,

Best Pet-Friendly Hikes in Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County is a primo spot for you and your pooch to get out and explore! Sandy beaches, coastal cliff paths, and plenty of dog-friendly eateries, hotels, and B&Bs welcome you AND your 4-legged friend. But one of the most frequently asked questions is: Where can I hike with my dog? We’ll answer that

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