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In the place nicknamed “Surf City,” you’ll definitely want to dip into the Santa Cruz surf scene. Cowell Beach next to the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf and Capitola Beach are two of the best places to learn to surf. Surf instructors provide wetsuits and surfboards and get you up on the waves. Once you’re ready, grab your big stick and head to one of Santa Cruz County’s mellow beaches. If you’re not ready to hang ten but want to capture the surfing spirit, stop by Lighthouse Point and watch surfers glide over the waves. The Point overlooks Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz’s legendary surfing spot. Another great surf spot is Pleasure Point, where experienced wave riders challenge themselves at “The Hook.” But a surfboard isn’t the only way to enjoy the waves. Skim boards, paddle boards and body boards are available for rent at most surf shops. Surf kayaking and paddle boarding are sports gaining in popularity. Kiteboarding combines windsurfing and wakeboarding with kites. Waddell Beach, north of Santa Cruz, is a popular spot for this adrenaline-packed sport. Or opt for a mellow paddle around the Park in Ben Lomond, and the Tim Brauch Memorial Skate Park at Skypark in Scotts Valley. Santa Cruz County is also a veritable mecca for bicyclists. Winding single tracks through shaded redwoods and climbing roads with stunning vistas of the Monterey Bay provide a full range of trails for all skill levels. Cyclists flock to Big Basin, Nisene Marks, Henry Cowell, and Wilder Ranch State Parks for epic cycling opportunities for both athletes and novice riders. Bonny Doon Road north of Santa Cruz and Soquel’s Demonstration Forest are also hot spots for passionate bikers. Families will enjoy scenic, mellow rides along East Cliff and West Cliff Drives in Santa Cruz. And the trails at U.C. Santa Cruz are popular with all riders and skill levels. Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton features a few options for nature outings other than aboard vintage steam locomotives. Cyclists can ride the steam train up Bear Mountain and then coast the downhill trail past auburn redwood trees. Or, zip through the historic redwood forest at heights nearing 150 feet on a series of linking cables and platforms in Roaring Camp’s new zipline guided canopy tour. Visitors to state parks can explore the hundreds of miles of hiking trails along coastal terraces, mountain meadows and majestic redwood groves. One popular path is the Skyline to the Sea Trail at

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Monterey Bay in a kayak. Skateboarding has been part of local culture for nearly half a century. Visiting skaters can grind at four area skateboard parks: the Ken Wormhoudt Skate Park at Mike Fox Park in Santa Cruz, Ramsay Park in Watsonville, the Jim Keefe Skate Park at Highlands County

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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
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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