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Our Staff Picks are your guide to stay 'in the know' when you go. Whether you're planning to hang ten or take five, checkout our blog to find the best local attractions, events and activities to keep you entertained while you stay in Santa Cruz. There's no shortage of things to do. From mild to wild, there's something for everyone here. 

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    Pack Your Spooky Shoes in Santa Cruz

    Halloween is starting early in Santa Cruz this year—13 days early to be exact. We love this spooky season so much in Santa Cruz that we decided it was only... Read more

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    Spend Your September at a Different Santa Cruz Festival Every Weekend

    The dog days of summer are slowly coming to a close, which means fall is right around the corner. For some, September marks the best time of the year—cooler weather,... Read more

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    Santa Cruz Your Way Around Wilder Ranch State Park

    The coastline in Southern California is truly what dreams are made of. The dramatic rocks against the cool Pacific Ocean is a perfect panoramic image that belongs carefully placed in... Read more

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    We Have a Case of This Years Santa Cruz Race

    It’s time to gear up and cheer loud for the runners of ‘the best little road race in California,’ the 47th Annual Wharf to Wharf Race. This iconic race brings runners... Read more

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    Freak Out Over Free Summer Entertainment in Santa Cruz

    This summer, coming to a beach near you, are completely free movies and concerts series every single week. Summer is here and it's time to roll out your beach blankets... Read more

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    Sail The High Seas of Santa Cruz

    There are so many ways to appreciate the breathtaking scenery of Santa Cruz, but one of the most romantic and unforgettable ways is to take on the city is by... Read more

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    Veggies Are Taking over Santa Cruz!

    Calling all VegHeads to VegFest this Saturday, April 6th! If you are a veggie-lover, vegetarian, vegan or anything in between, this is the most perfect Saturday afternoon event for you.... Read more

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    First Friday is a Fab Way to See Santa Cruz

    There is no shortage of interesting things to do when visiting Santa Cruz, but one of our most cherished events is First Friday, and it happens to occur every single... Read more

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    Experience the Older Side of Santa Cruz

    The weather in California is some of the greatest in the entire country. People have been flocking to our cliffy seaside from the moment it was discovered. Even to this day,... Read more

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    Guided Tours in January Lead to Seal'd Deals

    The new year brings new sea neighbors to Northern California beaches each winter. Take a guided tour this January to catch a glimpse at the majestic elephant seals that make... Read more

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    All Aboard the Santa Cruz Santa Train

    As one holiday comes to a close a bunch of other fun ones are all coming to an opening. It is safe to say that the holiday season is in... Read more

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    Savory Surf Facts in Santa Cruz

    The art of surfing is one that has captivated the world for hundreds of years and has been adopted in any city that has a body of water nearby.... Read more

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    Explore Santa Cruz One Step at a Time

    As the fall weather begins to creep in and pumpkin everything pops up all over the city, we insist that you optimize your time outdoors with a walking tour!... Read more

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    Bring Your All to the Bounty of the County

    Strap up your boots and get your stomach ready, it is time for the Santa Cruz County Fair! Bounty of the County will begin on September 12th and will go until the 16th.... Read more

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    Pick Your Berries and Eat Them Too

    It's strawberry season here in Santa Cruz. What a great time to be in California, the sun is shining, the weather is smooth and strawberries are ripe and ready to eat and enjoy. ... Read more

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    Wreking it on the Wharf

    Explore Santa Cruz by foot with 16,000 others by joining the Wharf to Wharf Race.... Read more

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    Father's Day on the Sea!

    Don’t be a landlubber this Father’s Day — make sure you rile your pops up and get him out on the sea! ... Read more

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    Treat Yourself to Tea in Santa Cruz

    Things are starting to feel a bit royal this month. ... Read more

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    Earth Day in Santa Cruz

    It's no secret that Californians love the outdoors, and it's well-known that we obsess over all things environmentally friendly too. Which is why Earth Day is one of our favorite... Read more

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    A Step Into the Past at Del Mar

    You don’t have to search far to travel back in time while visiting Santa Cruz.... Read more

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    Wander Down the Wharf

    The Santa Cruz Wharf is a staple of Santa Cruz culture — it is a meeting place, an eating place and an all around sight seeing place! ... Read more

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    Santa Cruz, The Orignal Surf Town

    If surfing is what you seek you have come to the right place — a laid back hang ten city — Santa Cruz is the original California surf town. ... Read more

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    Spending the Holidays in Santa Cruz

    It has been rumored that some say we put the Santa in Santa Cruz — which may be the reason we are constantly ‘Dream-Inn’ of getting festive in December.... Read more

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    Retreat Among the Redwoods

    Bring yourself back while walking alongside giant redwoods and listening to the scurry of sweet, tiny animals.... Read more

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    Find the Missing Arm at Big Basin

    As the fall weather sets in and the spooky October vibes slowly creep across Santa Cruz, make sure you mark your calendars for the annual ‘Missing Arm” event at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.... Read more

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    Bringing the Botanic's to Santa Cruz

    Let your inner tree hugger out and visit the University of California Arboretum & Botanic Garden of Santa Cruz. ... Read more

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    Polynesia Playtime in Santa Cruz

    Take a step out of California and into the Polynesian lifestyle! August 20th marks the 25th annual Aloha Races and Polynesia Festival here in Santa Cruz.... Read more

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    The Cinema on Santa Cruz Beach

    It doesn’t matter whether it is day or night, Santa Cruz has something for everyone and is always ready to please!... Read more

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    Local Bubbles are Brewed

    The simplicity of beer is all about the products used, the less complicated the ingredients the more pure the concoction.... Read more

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    Reliving the Redwood Mountain Faire

    Bring a partner and grab a chair, come visit us at the Redwood Mountain Faire. ... Read more

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    Shop the Sidewalks of Santa Cruz

    Window shopping is a favorite past time for many, but on the last weekend of each month Downtown Santa Cruz brings out the products from behind the glass and puts them right in front of the store-fronts.... Read more

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    Dream Inn' About Technology

    An evening of entrepreneurs, technology and craft beer is a night you may recognize as being part of the California culture.... Read more

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    Dream-Inn' of Ice Cream

    Sweetness is the way to my heart, and The Penny Ice Creamery has struck gold on every single one of my tastebuds.... Read more

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    A Secret Hole in the Wall

    While the rest of the country is shivering in their boots and scarves you’re sitting pretty in sunny Santa Cruz!... Read more

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