Santa Cruz County covers a lot of scenic ground. And while nothing beats a good hike, bike or swim, sometimes a lazy drive is the best way to see it all. When we're out exploring, we love referencing Mobile Ranger, a free locally-designed app and informative website that links forgotten stories and curious facts with the places that surround us. Below, we've shared some of our favorite scenic drives - as well as ways to enhance your outings with Mobile Ranger - because…
PLAN A TRIP TO SANTA CRUZ COUNTY WITH THE FREE 2019 TRAVELER’S GUIDE
The 2019 Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide is now available! Get information and inspiration on Santa Cruz County attractions, activities, restaurants, events, lodging, and more! Check out the Guide’s “Meet the Makers” section, where local artisans and small business owners share about their passions. John Martinelli from Marintelli and Company, artist Taylor Reinhold, confectioner Jennifer Ashby, and surfboard maker Martijn Stiphout are
Top 5 Spots to Watch Surfers in Santa Cruz County
You don't have to shimmy into a wetsuit to enjoy surfing in Santa Cruz County. Many local surf breaks offer viewing areas to relish the action without ever leaving the shore. As the birthplace of mainland surfing, Santa Cruz is home to amazing talent and legends, and you can watch them "shred the gnar" at the following spots.
Your Guide to Celebrating July 4th, 2019 in Santa Cruz County!
From the redwoods to the coast, Santa Cruz County has a sparkling array of events for you to celebrate Independence Day in a big way. Fireworks, family fun, food, parades, and more; we hope July 4th, 2019 is your brightest Fourth of July yet!
Why women-owned businesses are booming in Santa Cruz
The Chronicle has launched a new weekly Travel newsletter! Sign up here. You can’t walk a block in downtown Santa Cruz, apparently, without passing a business owned and operated by a woman. According to Rebecca Unitt, business liaison for the city, at the start of summer 2018, over 70 of downtown’s 178 commercial businesses were majority female-owned. And that number is growing. This summer, the owners…
What to do in Santa Cruz for a Rad Weekend Getaway
Plan your perfect weekend getaway with these nine ideas for what to do in Santa Cruz. Find active adventures, chill time and great eats.
Top Hotel near Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
At the Comfort Inn Santa Cruz every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Conveniently located to most Santa Cruz attractions including Town Clock, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Surfing Museum, Santa Cruz Wharf, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and University of California Santa Cruz.
WHY FALL IN SANTA CRUZ IS A BIRDER’S PARADISE
As summer comes to an end, most of us look forward to stunning displays of fall foliage, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and drinking our fill of pumpkin spice lattes. But there's another reason to get excited for shorter, crisper days and less persistent fog banks. Fall is migration season along California's Central Coast, and one of the top places for birds to get some much-needed R&R before they continue their long flight south is right here in Santa Cruz County.
10 Best Vegan-Friendly Eateries in Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, California is home to hippies, surfers, students, and all-around friendly people. In Santa Cruz, you’ll also find some of the best vegan-friendly restaurants in Northern California. Here’s an insider-scoop of the 10 best vegan-friendly eateries in Santa Cruz, CA. SANTA CRUZ RESTAURANTS FOR VEGAN-AMERICAN DISHES WOODSTOCK PIZZA Woodstock Pizza (Google Maps) has a …
10 Almost Free Santa Cruz County Activities
Author: Jill Weinlein Date of Trip: July 2016 Throughout the year, Santa Cruz County offers locals and visitors a variety of fun inexpensive activities. During the fall and winter months, the elephant seals dominate the beaches along Ano Nuevo. In the warmer summer months, there are multiple U-pick berry farms dotting the low hills above …
Visit Santa Cruz County
TOP 5 EVENTS THIS WEEK IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY September 20 Watsonville Civic Plaza Three annual day music festival in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains at Roaring Camp Meadows. A weekend of great music, community, craft beer & wine, camping and art. Beach Train Shuttle (Saturday and Sunday only) also available. 2019 Artists: Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, Dead & Co) and Wolf Bros, Chicano Batman, Beats…
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Top Spots to Tide Pool in Santa Cruz County
There are so many ways to view and enjoy the vast wildlife abounding in Santa Cruz, but one of my favorite go-to's is tide pooling. You never know what you will find, and the best part, it’s always in season! Here’s a list of some top spots to take to the tides and explore the Santa Cruz coastline.
Santa Cruz County easing cannabis cultivation rules
SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz County is rolling out significant changes to its cannabis cultivation rules as tax revenue fails to meet expectations and growers complain they are being driven out of…
How the Government Shutdown Shook Santa Cruz County
Local agencies and businesses report ongoing fallout from 35-day shutdown
A Guide to Holiday Entertainment in Santa Cruz County
From ballet and Celtic music to a celebration of our immigrant nation