You don’t need a wetsuit to dip into Santa Cruz’s vibrant surf culture. Mainland U.S. surfing began here in 1885, eons before Jan and Dean serenaded SoCal beach goers. More than a century later, our flourishing surf scene continues to generate waves of excitement. To help get you stoked on the local surf culture and heritage, we’ve assembled a surf-themed guide to Santa Cruz. Follow along and you’ll be soon throwing shakas, grinding poke bowls, and maybe even going toes on the nose.
Our cable car-assisted neighbor to the north isn’t the only one with famous hills and enchanting stairways. Spanning mansion-topped mounts and dramatic coastal bluffs, Santa Cruz County’s many scenic staircases will delight fitness buffs and sightseers seeking a killer view. Whether you’re looking to boost your Fitbit numbers, discover a hidden hilltop neighborhood, or enjoy a thrilling vista, you can step to it with the following flights of fancy.
Santa Cruz County’s rugged coastline, majestic redwoods, and expansive mountaintop vistas make it a premier destination for your next hiking adventure! Join us as we go through our picks for the Top Hikes in Santa Cruz County!
The 45th Annual Wharf to Wharf Race happened over the weekend and some 16,000 participants did good for the body and soul and completed the scenic 6-mile run. We want to give a nod to those who wore a race bib and share some more healthy living themed photos from the weekend! So cheers to good health, opting outside, and of course, those delicious, fresh eats!
Santa Cruz and the surfing world has no doubt lost a legend with the passing of wetsuit pioneer, Jack O’Neill. Locals, visitors, and the surfing community as a whole, have been showing their love and respect for Jack, and this Sunday, July 9, a memorial paddle out will take place in his honor. The Jack O’Neill Memorial Paddle Out will be held near Jack’s home and favorite beach, Pleasure Point, at 11am. Those who will be participating in the paddle out are encouraged to arrive an hour early and parking will be very limited. We hope to see you there and stand (or paddle) beside you on this day where we celebrate the life and legacy of Jack O’Neill!