Mission-style resort overlooking the Monterey Bay.
Near beach, shops & quaint Capitola/Soquel Village
Steps to the beach, in heart of Capitola Village
Offers comfortable ocean view guest rooms
Santa Cruz is well-known as California's favorite beachside destination. So when locals host friends and family for visits during summertime, the holiday season or just for a long weekend, the Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council has a way to help! A free Visiting Friends and Relatives Kit, (VFR) is packed with information for your guests on all there is to see and do in town.
Residents of Santa Cruz County are welcome to stop by the year-round visitor center at 303 Water Street, Suite 100 in Santa Cruz for this free kit. Complete with an Official Santa Cruz County Traveler's Guide, shopping directories, a Birding and Wildlife Watching guide, brochures and other goodies, this valuable resource is an ideal way to open a visitor's eyes to the many things to do in the area. Read more...
As most locals know, Santa Cruz offers an abundance of fun, family-friendly activities all add up to a great time to get out and enjoy our county. There are a host of fun-filled events happening every weekend so get the family out and enjoy! Here are our favorites for this week:
Riding the Holiday Lights Train is like a trip back in time! Vintage train cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights roll through the streets of Santa Cruz. Passengers lend their voices to holiday carols, sip hot spiced cider and listen to musical entertainment while Santa visits the little ones, or the young at heart! Continue the fun with your choice of arcade games, mini-golf or laser tag at Santa's Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Bring the whole family for festive fun. Happy Holidays!
Location: Departs from Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St.
Here's how it works: 100 pieces of art are donated by SCAL members. Buy a ticket, preview the art and make a list of your favorite pieces. Drawing begins 2:45 pm, Dec. 7.
Location: 526 Broadway
The Surf City Vintners wineries are holding their annual Art, Wine & Gift Bazaar on Black Friday. Visitors can enjoy wine tasting while they shop for handcrafted gifts made by local artisans. The wineries will donate a portion of the days tasting fees to the Walnut Avenue Womens Center in Santa Cruz. Food and clothing donations are invited and will be collected for the Center. Tasting fees at the wineries are $5-$10, and may be waived with wine purchase (inquire about each winerys policy).
Location: 328, 334, 402 Ingalls Street and 427 Swift Street
Surfin' Santa arrives with his outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Beach at 12 noon. Be sure to bring your Christmas list and a camera to capture Santa's wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has toweled off, he'll settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice long visit with all the children. After your visit with Santa, take some time to shop in Capitola Village and pick up a few items on your Christmas list! The Surfing Santa event is FREE!
Location: Capitola Beach