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Off-Season Camping at Sunset State Beach

By Rachel Endsley

The official summer season may be coming to a close, but the weather continues to amaze! And right on cue, September sunsets are making everyone remember why the change of seasons isn’t so bad in Santa Cruz County. Whether you can sneak in some more beach days, catch a sunset on the coast, or plan a whole camping trip, discover the south county gem of Sunset State Beach.

8 Beach Vacation Rentals in Santa Cruz County

By Garrick Ramirez

Settle into a local beach vacation rental, and you’ll see why Santa Cruz residents are so cheery. Beach days and waterfront sunsets are daily activities, flip-flops and boardshorts define the dress code, and kitchens and backyard BBQs abound with fresh ingredients from our many farmers markets. Offering more than a place to stay, the following rental homes lend a taste of Santa Cruz’s enviable coastal lifestyle.

3 Reasons to Spring to Seascape Beach Resort!

The sand and surf are calling our name year-round, but with summer approaching there’s no better time to head over to Santa Cruz County. Located in Aptos on the beautiful Monterey Bay waterfront, Seascape Beach Resort serves as the perfect place for the vacay. Check out three new reasons you’ll want to head to this

First Look: Jack O’Neill Restaurant & Lounge

By Garrick Ramirez

Set steps from the rippling surf of Cowell Beach, the new Jack O’Neill Restaurant & Lounge serves up big waterfront views, fresh coastal cuisine, and heaps of local surf culture. Taking its name and inspiration from the late Jack O’Neill, the wetsuit pioneer and founder of Santa Cruz’s first surf shop, the signature restaurant inside the retro-chic Dream Inn received a stylish reboot that’s transformed it into an Insta-worthy destination along the shorefront. With a mix of modern style and respect for the past, the newly debuted eatery captures the essence of contemporary Santa Cruz, mixed with California’s iconic sport.

3 Reasons to Spring to Pajaro Dunes Resort

Zipping past the verdant agricultural fields along Highway 1 in southern Santa Cruz County, you might not guess that a stunning waterfront gem sits moments away. Just six minutes from the highway-and worlds away from modern-day bustle-you’ll discover Pajaro Dunes Resort, a hidden, coastal nirvana with a pristine white sand beach, seagrass-shrouded dunes, and more animated wildlife than a Disney cartoon. The secluded vacation home community offers guests a taste of exceptional coastal living, even if just for a weekend. Check out what makes it a special destination along the Monterey Bay, and enter our Let’s Cruz Vacation Giveaway to win your own coastal getaway!