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remnants of an old sawmill, and the epicenter of the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. On a bluff overlooking Downtown Santa Cruz stands the last remaining original building of the Santa Cruz Mission. Built in 1791, it was the 12th Franciscan mission in California. All but one of the original adobes were lost to earthquakes, but the remaining structure, which houses fascinating exhibits depicting the mission’s history, has been restored at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. The newly restored historic Meder farmhouse at Wilder Ranch State Park a mile north of Santa Cruz is a hands-on living history museum where visitors can experience the details of daily life on a turn-of-the-century dairy farm. Along with its Victorian homes, barns, living history demonstrations and tours, the park offers 34 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails that skirt the cliffs, and more challenging trails that climb the steep hills and meadows overlooking Monterey Bay. Beautiful windswept beaches and a breathtaking fern grotto line the coast. Further up the shoreline lies Rancho Del Oso State Park, on the coastal side of Big Basin where densely forested trails open up to glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. Rancho Del Oso is home to the Theodore J. Hoover Natural Preserve, a rare coastal freshwater marsh that shelters many endangered species and Waddell Beach, a renowned spot for windsurfing and kiteboarding. One of the most picturesque spots on the coast is Natural Bridges State Beach. A sandstone arch shaped by wind and waves rises from the sea. Natural Bridges was once a series of connected arches, but today only one remains. During low tide, tide pools brim with sea stars, tiny crabs and sea anemones. In wintertime, the park’s eucalyptus grove is thick with clusters of hibernating monarch butterflies. The coastline for which Santa Cruz County is most famous extends south from Santa Cruz to Watsonville and includes the state beaches of Seabright, Twin Lakes, New Brighton, Seacliff, Rio Del Mar, Manresa, Manresa Uplands, Sunset, and Palm. At New Brighton, Manresa Uplands and Sunset, camp on bluffs above the water or inland among the pines. At Seacliff, campers nestled in their RVs are lulled to sleep by rhythmic waves right on the beach. Seacliff State Beach in Aptos is home to the “Cement Ship” an experimental vessel constructed of concrete. The S.S. Palo Alto made just one voyage in 1919 before permanently docking at the pier, now a favorite local fishing spot. Surfing is popular at Manresa and Natural Bridges. Swimmers love Twin Lakes beach. Sunset and Palm both feature mountainous sand dunes, up to 200 feet high built up in front of a coastal bluff. Picnic pavilions for large groups can be found at New Brighton, Seacliff and Sunset. Barbecue grills and picnic tables for smaller groups line the long stretch of sand at Seacliff State Beach. The beaches of Seabright, Twin Lakes, Rio Del Mar, Manresa and Sunset have fire rings for building campfires and toasting s’mores. The gentle waves and flickering flames create an idyllic setting for watching the sunset. From the mountains to the sea, Santa Cruz County’s natural beauty abounds in its state parks.

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“ outdoor enthusiasts will love the scenery at Big Basin redwood State Park.” firST for Women magazine, m a rCh 1, 2010

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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
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Restaurant Guide
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Lodging Guide
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