This story is part of a series we are presenting about how local Santa Cruz businesses faced challenges of the last couple years with strength and perseverance. From the COVID pandemic shutdown which began in March 2020, to the CZU fires of August 2020, to the continuing pandemic rollercoaster in 2021, our community members have
Outdoor activities and a vibrant community life make Santa Cruz County a natural destination when you’re flying solo. When you’re ready for some adventuring on your own, Santa Cruz County offers a host of fun options in the great outdoors, from beach cruising to exploring the redwood forest. After an action-packed day, the laid-back ethos
The combination of tranquil redwood forests and soothing California coastline almost commands that you slow down and smell the clean ocean air, but sometimes we all need a little help to relax and unwind. From massages and facials to drinks by the pool, Santa Cruz offers a variety of therapeutic remedies for the body and
By Martha Burton
There are a great many ways to relax and have fun, but when it comes right down to it, Santa Cruz County is renowned the world over for many things having to do with rejuvenation, happiness and good health. Whether it’s your prime focus or a free hour when the rest of the gang is at the Boardwalk, you’ve come to the right place. Forest bathing, ocean bathing, sun bathing—even just standing there, you can soak it all in. And the best part is there’s something for everyone and every budget.
By Molly Ressler
One of the best things about yoga is that you can strike a pose almost anywhere. All you need is a flat space to roll out your mat and before you know it, you’re breathing deep through your third round of sun salutations. If you’re looking to stretch out while breathing in the salty ocean breeze or fresh mountain air, Santa Cruz County has plenty of Namaste-worthy open-air ‘studios’ for you to choose from. Find the perfect place to roll out your mat under the redwoods, overlooking the Pacific, or poolside with hotel luxuries at your fingertips. (Added perk, the Santa Cruz County dress code encourages spending the rest of the day in your active wear.)