By Garrick Ramirez
The perfect day at the beach doesn’t just include dazzling, waterfront scenery. Just as important as the surf and sand is a nearby spot with cheap, delicious eats. We’re talking laid-back eateries where flips flops are the dress code, and surf stickers are the decor. From casual beach shacks to waterfront patios, Santa Cruz is home to primo beachside eats. Below, we’ve paired local beaches with some of our favorite nearby places to chow down.
By Molly Ressler
One of the best things about yoga is that you can strike a pose almost anywhere. All you need is a flat space to roll out your mat and before you know it, you’re breathing deep through your third round of sun salutations. If you’re looking to stretch out while breathing in the salty ocean breeze or fresh mountain air, Santa Cruz County has plenty of Namaste-worthy open-air ‘studios’ for you to choose from. Find the perfect place to roll out your mat under the redwoods, overlooking the Pacific, or poolside with hotel luxuries at your fingertips. (Added perk, the Santa Cruz County dress code encourages spending the rest of the day in your active wear.)
People love Wilder Ranch State Park. Hikers and mountain bikers come from all over to explore its 34 miles of trail winding through oak-crowned meadows and redwood ravines and to gape at its stupendous views of Monterey Bay. But many visitors also come to savor the gentler charms of the old farm complex, a tidy
By Marina Drab
Summer is here and Santa Cruz County is ready for action! This year, along with coastal redwood forests and glorious, sunny beaches – all within a small region – Santa Cruz County is abuzz with new things to see and do. Pack your beach towel and some sunglasses too – it’s summertime in Santa Cruz!
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