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Our beaches are just the beginning
Nearby, Natural Bridges State Beach is an ideal place for tidepool exploration. Bring your binoculars for seasonal visits to Natural Bridges State Park, California’s only state park butterfly preserve. Each fall marks the return of thousands of monarch butterflies that spend their winters in a protected grove inside the park. Between Natural Bridges State Beach and the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, a two and a half mile scenic path overlooking the bay skirts along West Cliff Drive. The path is popular for jogs, bike rides and romantic strolls. Along the route, you’ll find the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum housed inside the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse. And be sure not to miss the surfer statue, dedicated to surfers everywhere. Just off the point from the lighthouse, fearless surfers ride the waves at Santa Cruz’s legendary surf spot, Steamer Lane. Nearby, novice surfers test their mettle at Cowell Beach. Down from the point, the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf stretches out a half-mile into the waters of the Monterey Bay. Lining the wharf are familyowned fish markets, seafood restaurants, a wine tasting room with a lounge and gift boutiques. Hop aboard a boat for a sightseeing excursion around the bay, or watch sea lions lazing in the sun at the end of the wharf. The wharf is home to a number of events throughout the year including Woodies on the Wharf and the Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival. Set along Santa Cruz’s Main Beach, adjacent to the wharf, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is alive with year-round excitement. Already Northern California’s favorite amusement park, the legendary Boardwalk was named “Best Seaside Amusement Park,” in the world by amusement industry experts. The Giant Dipper, the park’s centerpiece, is a vintage wooden roller coaster that has thrilled visitors for over 85 years. Seventy-three hand-carved horses prance proudly to the music from two beautiful antiques, the park’s original 342-pipe Ruth band organ and a showy Wurlitzer 165 band organ, at the famous Looff Carousel, built in 1911 and celebrating its 100th birthday this year. All this excitement sits on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, one of 14 federally protected National Marine Sanctuaries in the country. The sanctuary is a huge source of pride for Santa Cruz County residents. Chartered sailing and whale watching tours from Santa Cruz Harbor allow you to catch sight of abundant marine life. Kayak rentals are also available at the harbor. Each December, the harbor waters are illuminated with festive watercraft during the Lighted Boat Parade, a wonderful way to usher in the holidays, Santa Cruz style. Public art also adorns the harbor, including a human sundial and an artistic rendition of a “shipwreck.” Santa Cruz’s standing as the mainland’s birthplace of surfing, combined with its natural beauty, arts, energetic nightlife, and magnificent beaches have lured visitors throughout the years. Discover for yourself the diversity of this wondrous beach town.

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“ ...with numerous legendary breaks dotting the coast, it’s no wonder this sleepy gem has become the de facto capital of cold-water surfing.”
Surfer magazine, June, 2009
Photo: Paul Schraub

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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Contents
Welcome to Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz
Your Wildlife Watching Destination
Field to Table
Locally Made
From the Mountains to the Sea
Culture and Creativity
201163 Events Calendar
Maps
A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Monterey Bay
Galleries and Museums
Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
San Lorenzo Valley
Scotts Valley
Capitola and Soquel
Pleasure Point
Aptos
Davenport
Restaurant Guide
Lodging Guide
Visitor Activities
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Welcome to Santa Cruz County
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Your Wildlife Watching Destination
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Field to Table
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Locally Made
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - From the Mountains to the Sea
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Culture and Creativity
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - 201163 Events Calendar
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Maps
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - A Wine Lover’s Paradise
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Monterey Bay
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Galleries and Museums
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - San Lorenzo Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Scotts Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Capitola and Soquel
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pleasure Point
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Aptos
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Davenport
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Restaurant Guide
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Lodging Guide
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