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January 28, 2020

Top 5 Reasons Planners Love Santa Cruz County

From the seashores to the redwoods and everything in between, there are a million reasons for planners to favor Santa Cruz County for their next company gathering. Here are some of our favorites!

1. Beaches & Surfing

Santa Cruz is the birthplace of mainland surfing in the United States and was brought to the area in 1885 when three Hawaiian princes rode the waves here on boards crafted from redwood trees. Today, our famous surf breaks draw surfers and land lovers alike from all around the world. Take a break from your meeting and smell the fresh air at a world-renowned surf spot, Steamer Lane, or join in a group surfing lesson at Cowell’s Beach; you’ll definitely feel rejuvenated!

2. The Redwoods

Santa Cruz County is home to the largest number of state parks and beaches than any other county in California – 14 in all – including California’s oldest, Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Your attendees will never be far from an opportunity to unwind in the great outdoors and marvel at these majestic giants.

3. The Freshest Seafood

Santa Cruz is right on the coast so our seafood is as fresh as it gets—and we don’t stop there! Many local restaurants partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which means the restaurants are committed to sourcing only environmentally responsible seafood.

4. Sunshine! Sunshine! Sunshine!

The sun shines in Santa Cruz County at least 300 days a year. This means your meeting is bound to get some well-deserved Vitamin D no matter what time of year you’re planning to host. With summer temperatures in the mid-’70s and winter temps lingering around the low-’60s, you can advise your attendees to leave their parkas at home.

5. VSCC’s Meeting Planner Incentive Plan

Send your RFP through Visit Santa Cruz County, and we’ll send a little something extra for you! Book 25+ rooms, and you’ll receive a $75 local restaurant gift card and a $200 sponsorship towards dining or a VSCC partner activity! Planning on booking even more? Book 75+ rooms and receive a $75 local restaurant gift card PLUS a $350 sponsorship towards dining or a VSCC partner activity.

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