Extending a half mile into the Monterey Bay, situated between the colorful Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the surfer-filled waves of Steamer Lane, the Santa Cruz Wharf offers some of most thrilling views along the California coast. At 2,745 feet, it’s the longest wooden pier in the United States, resting on over 4,400 Douglas-fir pilings. Built in 1914, the timber centenarian continues to offer a timeless Santa Cruz experience. Stroll its wooden walkways-ideally with a cup of clam chowder in hand-and discover fresh-seafood eateries, local gift shops, nature and history displays, fun seasonal events, and of course, those famous barking sea lions.
Santa Cruz County has year round wildlife watching – whales, sea lions, dolphins, tidepools, hundreds of species of birds – there’s really not a bad time of year for seeing some creatures! But here’s a quick roundup of photos – all taken within the last week – that will give you a realtime look at the Santa Cruz summer wildlife scene.
Combine a warm climate with limitless scenery and a bounty of artisan breads, cheeses, and wine, and you have the recipe for a perfect picnic. With 29 miles of beaches, Santa Cruz has no shortage of scenic locales to spread out on your favorite picnic blanket. But for added comfort and larger gatherings, you’ll want picturesque spots with designated picnic areas equipped with tables and possibly BBQ grills. Here, we’ve listed a few of our favorites and organized them by setting so you can plan your dream picnic!
From now until May 31, 2017, Santa Cruz County fans can enter the “Let’s Cruz Vacation Getaway Contest” for a chance to win a two-night stay at Seascape Beach Resort and a tailored activity package based on a fun and creative personality test! So enter to win and see what your perfect Santa Cruz vacation will be!
Santa Cruz’s latest celebrity couple sighting isn’t Kim and Kanye or anyone from Hollywood for that matter. The celebrated duo is a pair of bald eagles nesting at Harkins Slough in Watsonville. If that doesn’t make your heart flutter, then you have yet to discover how significant it is.