Sure, the rain might have you dreaming of a cozy nook and a warm cup of coffee, but don’t sell yourself short this season! Wet weather can bring some of nature’s best into the limelight, and let’s be honest, a great cup of coffee isn’t hard to come by in Santa Cruz! So put the latte on hold and check out some of our favorite rainy day nature finds that will get you outside and enjoying the season!
The winter season marks the start of the best wildlife watching on the California coast and Santa Cruz County is no exception! Migrating whales, wintering monarchs, active elephant seals, and birding galore, make December and January the perfect time for a wildlife adventure. And to top it off, there are some amazing hotel deals that will make your winter getaway even better!
Sunrises aren’t always easy to catch. Between work, kids, morning coffee needs, and your desire to sleep, sunup can be a bit of an elusive event. But if you’re looking for a sunrise spot worth the effort, try the Westside of Santa Cruz. Thanks to the dramatic coastline of the Monterey Bay, when on the Westside, it seems as if the sun is rising over the Pacific Ocean…and with the whole, “the sun rises in the east and sets in the west” thing, you’ll likely have your Instagram followers questioning your #SCSunrise hashtag.
Not every local treasure ends up at the gift shop. We recently shared some of our favorite Santa Cruz hidden gems and invited you to experience what made them so special. If you’ve already checked those off your list, we’ve assembled even more memorable, lesser-known spots for you to discover. From a secret beach to a rare white redwood tree, these obscured destinations will reward those willing to stray from the beaten path.
I love using Instagram as a way to get inspired for travels and adventures. A quick location search and I can see a slew of current (sometimes practically live) photos of spots I’m looking to explore. On my latest hunt for a good hike I searched Castle Rock State Park and kept seeing these amazing boulders and grand vistas that I knew I wanted to see for myself. Take a peek at these Castle Rock photos – and more specifically, Goat Rock Trail photos – and get inspired for your next adventure!