TRAVEL BLOG

May 22, 2019

First Look: Jack O’Neill Restaurant & Lounge

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

May 22, 2019

VACATION RENTALS ON A BUDGET

Stretching your vacation dollars? Try these budget-friendly homes away from home for your Santa Cruz getaway. SURFSIDE APARTMENTS Experience historic Santa Cruz in a charming Beach Hill cottage or apartment just two blocks from the Boardwalk. Surfside Apartments units are available only in the summer and sleep up to four people. One unit accommodates 6. Accommodations are cozy,

May 9, 2019

Backpacking in the Santa Cruz Mountains

When you think of backpacking in California, the Santa Cruz Mountains isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind. There’s a healing serenity, however, found beneath the towering coastal redwoods that protectively enfold our sunny stretch of well-loved coastline. A quick day trip from the metropolitan hustle of the Bay Area, the Santa Cruz

May 1, 2019

6 Kid-Friendly Beaches

While all sand can sculpt magnificent castles, and bury small, wiggly toes, some beaches are just better suited for kids—and their beach gear-wielding parents. Easy access, gentle waves, and clean, spiffy restrooms top the list of non-negotiables. A nearby ice cream shop wouldn’t hurt, either. Here are six suggestions for where to enjoy a successful