As part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, sea life is abundant in and around Santa Cruz County. Throughout the year it is possible to see sightings of common porpoises, humpback whales, sea lions, seals, and the ever-present sea otters. Seen from the deck of a sailboat, in the seat of a kayak, on
California King Tides are coming back to Santa Cruz County, and this season, you have even more opportunities to enjoy these impressive tides! King Tides dates are: December 4 and 5, 2021 and January 1, 2, and 3, 2022! These naturally occurring and predictable events are when the highest and lowest tides hit our shores
The annual California King Tides are coming to Santa Cruz County November 15-16, 2020; December 13-15, 2020; and January 11-12, 2021! These naturally occurring extreme high and low tides create quite a buzz on the coast, but the low tides in particular pose prime conditions for unforgettable tide pooling experiences, miles of beach walking, and
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!
In Santa Cruz, we like to celebrate all creatures great and small, especially those of the migrating variety. On one end, we are captivated by the sight of a whale surfacing from the depths of the sea and, on the other, we delight in the spellbinding magic of a fluttering monarch butterfly. Every fall, Natural Bridges