Santa Cruz may sport more surfboards than sleighs, but we’ve got no shortage of yuletide cheer. During the holidays, dazzling light-strung boats illuminate the Monterey Bay and local artisans fill in for elves with beautiful, handmade gifts. Here’s a roundup of festive and fun events for all ages to add a little seaside sparkle to your holidays.
There’s something pretty spectacular about being able to watch whales from your beach chair. Take it from me, last weekend’s cloudy beach day at Santa Maria’s was nothing short of amazing as the giants lunged and breached less than 100 feet from the water’s edge.
We get it, it’s hard to fit everything in on one trip, but next time you’re in town be sure to spend some time in Pleasure Point. Need some convincing? We’ll keep it short and sweet with these quick reasons to hit up this little seaside surf town.
I’m as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz:
As you’re working through your holiday shopping, let us offer some local inspiration. These five independent shops offer unique gifts, many of which are made right here in Santa Cruz.